de·​flate | \ di-ˈflāt How to pronounce deflate (audio) , ˌdē- How to pronounce deflate (audio) \
deflated; deflating

Definition of deflate

transitive verb

1 : to release air or gas from deflate a tire
2 : to reduce in size, importance, or effectiveness deflate his ego with cutting remarks
3 : to reduce (a price level) or cause (a volume of credit) to contract

intransitive verb

: to lose firmness through or as if through the escape of contained gas

Other Words from deflate

deflator or less commonly deflater \ di-​ˈflā-​tər How to pronounce deflate (audio) , ˌdē-​ \ noun

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contract, shrink, condense, compress, constrict, deflate mean to decrease in bulk or volume. contract applies to a drawing together of surfaces or particles or a reduction of area or length. caused her muscles to contract shrink implies a contracting or a loss of material and stresses a falling short of original dimensions. the sweater will shrink when washed condense implies a reducing of something homogeneous to greater compactness without significant loss of content. condense the essay into a paragraph compress implies a pressing into a small compass and definite shape usually against resistance. compressed cotton into bales constrict implies a tightening that reduces diameter. the throat is constricted by a tight collar deflate implies a contracting by reducing the internal pressure of contained air or gas. deflate the balloon

Examples of deflate in a Sentence

The birthday balloons deflated after a few days. The harsh criticism left him utterly deflated. an insult that would deflate their egos He has worked to deflate popular myths about investing. Deflated prices mean that farmers are getting less for their products.
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Recent Examples on the Web The thematic bubbles peaked from January to March and began to deflate, although froth returned in October (and Tesla held on to its gains better than other EV stocks). James Mackintosh, WSJ, 12 Jan. 2022 And don't forget the pillows — ones that are plump and don't easily deflate. Amy Schulman,, 10 Dec. 2021 That is a smart decision, but home inspections can deflate even the most optimistic buyer. Nafeesah Allen, Better Homes & Gardens, 15 Dec. 2021 In the next two rounds Conwell’s body blows seem to almost literally deflate Agaton. Jacob Stern, The Atlantic, 18 Nov. 2021 Air beds like the Solaire contain air chambers that inflate and deflate to achieve a high degree of adjustability. Waynette Goodson,, 24 Nov. 2021 Will that 55-0 loss to Thatcher last week inspire or deflate Safford coming into the playoffs? Richard Obert, The Arizona Republic, 4 Nov. 2021 Managers who take credit for their team's wins and don't recognize their team members' individual contributions deflate morale and in return don't inspire others to want to put forth their best efforts. Expert Panel®, Forbes, 24 Sep. 2021 Prattville police assisted troopers by deploying spike strips to deflate the SUV’s tires. Carol Robinson |, al, 9 Nov. 2021

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First Known Use of deflate

1891, in the meaning defined at transitive sense 1

History and Etymology for deflate

de- + -flate (as in inflate)

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The first known use of deflate was in 1891

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17 Jan 2022

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“Deflate.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 18 Jan. 2022.

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English Language Learners Definition of deflate

: to release air or gas from (something, such as a tire or balloon) and make it smaller
: to lose air or gas from inside
: to make (someone) lose confidence or pride


de·​flate | \ di-ˈflāt How to pronounce deflate (audio) \
deflated; deflating

Kids Definition of deflate

1 : to let the air or gas out of something that has been blown up
2 : to reduce in size or importance The criticism deflated her confidence.


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