deflate

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verb de·flate \di-ˈflāt, ˌdē-\

Definition of deflate

deflated

deflating

  1. transitive verb
  2. 1 :  to release air or gas from <deflate a tire>

  3. 2 :  to reduce in size, importance, or effectiveness <deflate his ego with cutting remarks>

  4. 3 :  to reduce (a price level) or cause (a volume of credit) to contract

  5. intransitive verb
  6. :  to lose firmness through or as if through the escape of contained gas

deflator

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deflater

play \-ˈflā-tər\ noun

Examples of deflate in a sentence

  1. The birthday balloons deflated after a few days.

  2. The harsh criticism left him utterly deflated.

  3. an insult that would deflate their egos

  4. He has worked to deflate popular myths about investing.

  5. Deflated prices mean that farmers are getting less for their products.

Origin and Etymology of deflate

de- + -flate (as in inflate)


First Known Use: 1891

Synonym Discussion of deflate

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>.

DEFLATE Defined for English Language Learners

deflate

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verb de·flate \di-ˈflāt, ˌdē-\

Definition of deflate for English Language Learners

  • : 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


DEFLATE Defined for Kids

deflate

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verb de·flate \di-ˈflāt\

Definition of deflate for Students

deflated

deflating

  1. 1 :  to let the air or gas out of something that has been blown up

  2. 2 :  to reduce in size or importance <The criticism deflated her confidence.>


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