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

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Other Words from deflate

deflator or less commonly deflater \ di-​ˈflā-​tər How to pronounce deflater (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 My Fortune colleague Katherine Dunn has a deep dive into the excitement around hydrogen and what could deflate those expectations. Aaron Pressman, Fortune, "Top tech CEOs join this year’s Brainstorm Tech conference," 20 Nov. 2020 That’s probably necessary to the revisionist process—certainly part of Johnson’s intention was to deflate George Meredith’s standing. Hermione Lee, The New York Review of Books, "An Undisappearing Act," 17 Nov. 2020 And authorities are forcing bond investors to take more responsibility for risk in a debt market where defaults have been historically rare, helping to deflate a potential debt bubble while also avoiding an inadvertent funding crunch., "Crackdowns Everywhere Show Xi Strengthening Party Grip on China," 16 Nov. 2020 Trump has embraced the phrase, saying and tweeting it several times since, which has helped deflate its power as an insult. Travis M. Andrews, Washington Post, "The dispatches that define the Trump presidency," 14 Oct. 2020 Holes that cause your pad to completely deflate overnight can be tiny and nearly impossible to spot, even with the usual at-home tricks. Maren Larsen, Outside Online, "How to Repair Your Sleeping Pad at Home," 4 Oct. 2020 To deflate Ford's EcoBoost further, under the Ram's airbox cover lurks an image of the TRX's Cretaceous-period inspiration with a velociraptor in its mouth. Mike Sutton, Car and Driver, "Tested: 2021 Ram 1500 TRX vs. 2020 Ford F-150 Raptor SuperCrew," 23 Oct. 2020 You’re not supposed to tell jokes in novels, anyway, but a lot of humor does deflate pretension and stupidity. Tobias Grey, WSJ, "Martin Amis Writes His ‘Last Long Novel’," 21 Oct. 2020 The airless rubber tires never deflate and can withstand heavy use, and the bike overall is lightweight but surprisingly durable. Popsci Commerce Team, Popular Science, "Kids’ bikes that make wonderful gifts," 30 Sep. 2020

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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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24 Nov 2020

Cite this Entry

“Deflate.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 1 Dec. 2020.

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More Definitions for deflate


How to pronounce deflate (audio) How to pronounce deflate (audio)

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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