deflate

verb
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

Choose the Right Synonym for 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

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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Anfernee Jennings’ forced fumble on the following drive deflated the crowd even more with 10 Tide points sandwiching that moment. Michael Casagrande | Mcasagrande@al.com, al, "AL.com instant analysis: How Alabama finished off South Carolina on wild day," 14 Sep. 2019 The cancellation is bad news for dozens of local workers who had been hired to inflate and deflate the structure, along with security guards, vendors and trash collectors. Steve Rubenstein, SFChronicle.com, "Bounce house bounces out of Oakland — too much goose poop," 6 Sep. 2019 Each location will include two to four sculptures, Clements says, and will be deflated every night and re-inflated in the morning. Phillip Valys, sun-sentinel.com, "Giant Inflatable rainbows, yellow submarines, peace signs balloon across South Florida," 30 Aug. 2019 Canha did deliver a game-tying home run, but more competitive at-bats early on deflated into slight dilapidation against a not-so-great team. Shayna Rubin, The Mercury News, "Matt Chapman avoids concussion protocol, but his presence was sorely missed in Athletics’ loss to Royals," 28 Aug. 2019 Indeed, several art experts initially told Labarbe and Turquin that the Toulouse painting was likely by Finson, leaving the Toulouse auctioneer deflated. Chris O'brien, latimes.com, "A dusty old painting turned up in an attic in France. It may sell for $100 million," 25 June 2019 But Spieth’s slow start Friday quickly deflated the crowd and the string of bogeys through the first four holes nearly buried him. Jim Vertuno, The Seattle Times, "Spieth fights back but eliminated on final hole," 29 Mar. 2019 Perhaps even more deflating is how quickly the momentum from the hot start under first-year coach Mike Locksley was brought to a sudden halt. C.j. Doon, baltimoresun.com, "College football overreaction index, Week 3: Same old Maryland?; ACC is at the bottom of the Power 5," 16 Sep. 2019 Democrats, conversely, worry that a solid Bishop win would deflate their side. David Lauter, Los Angeles Times, "Trump and the hurricane: A lesson in three acts," 6 Sep. 2019

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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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More Definitions for deflate

deflate

verb

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

deflate

verb
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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