inflate

verb in·flate \ in-ˈflāt \

Definition of inflate

inflated; inflating
transitive verb
1 :to swell or distend with air or gas
2 :to puff up :elate
  • inflate one's ego
3 :to expand or increase abnormally or imprudently
intransitive verb
:to become inflated

inflator

or inflater play \in-ˈflā-tər\ noun

Examples of inflate in a Sentence

  1. We used a pump to inflate the raft.

  2. Economists warn that rapid economic growth could inflate prices.

  3. Increased competition has inflated salaries among professional athletes.

  4. Rapid economic growth may cause prices to inflate.

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Origin and Etymology of inflate

Middle English, from Latin inflatus, past participle of inflare, from in- + flare to blow — more at blow

Synonym Discussion of inflate

expand, amplify, swell, distend, inflate, dilate mean to increase in size or volume. expand may apply regardless of the manner of increase (such as growth, unfolding, addition of parts).
    • a business that expands every year
amplify implies the extension or enlargement of something inadequate.
    • amplify the statement with details
swell implies gradual expansion beyond a thing's original or normal limits.
    • the bureaucracy swelled to unmanageable proportions
distend implies outward extension caused by pressure from within.
    • a distended abdomen
inflate implies expanding by introduction of air or something insubstantial and suggests a vulnerability to sudden collapse.
    • an inflated ego
dilate applies especially to expansion of circumference.
    • dilated pupils

INFLATE Defined for English Language Learners

inflate

verb

Definition of inflate for English Language Learners

  • : to add air or gas to (something, such as a tire or a balloon) and make it larger

  • : to become larger by being filled with air or gas

  • : to think or say that (something) is larger or more important than it really is


INFLATE Defined for Kids

inflate

verb in·flate \ in-ˈflāt \

Definition of inflate for Students

inflated; inflating
1 :to swell or fill with air or gas
  • inflate a balloon
2 :to cause to increase beyond proper limits
  • Prices have been inflated.

Medical Dictionary

inflate

verb in·flate \ in-ˈflāt \

medical Definition of inflate

inflated; inflating
transitive verb
:to swell or distend with air or gas
  • inflate the lungs
intransitive verb
:to become inflated

inflation

play \in-ˈflā-shən\ noun


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