inflate

verb
in·​flate | \ in-ˈflāt How to pronounce inflate (audio) \
inflated; inflating

Definition of inflate

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

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Other Words from inflate

inflator or inflater \ in-​ˈflā-​tər How to pronounce inflater (audio) \ noun

Choose the Right Synonym for 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

Examples of inflate in a Sentence

We used a pump to inflate the raft. Economists warn that rapid economic growth could inflate prices. Increased competition has inflated salaries among professional athletes. Rapid economic growth may cause prices to inflate.
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Recent Examples on the Web Such lofty words could inflate a team’s self-regard, but Ravens coach John Harbaugh has never worried about Jackson losing perspective. Childs Walker, baltimoresun.com, "Greater expectations, same Lamar Jackson as Ravens prepare for season opener vs. Browns," 10 Sep. 2020 But the uncertainty that could pervade the 2021 draft might simultaneously inflate the value of Round 1 choices but perhaps dilute picks in Days 2 and 3. Nate Davis, USA TODAY, "'A scouting nightmare': 2021 NFL draft could see big ripple effects from college football cancellations, postponements," 14 Aug. 2020 Teenagers used the app to falsely inflate projected attendance for Trump’s Tulsa rally. Eva Dou, Washington Post, "Why TikTok was destined to land in Trump’s crosshairs," 4 Aug. 2020 Any effort to inflate away the debt would result in a boom for holders and hoarders of gold and cryptocurrencies. Andrew Stuttaford, National Review, "The Capital Note: Inflation and Financial Repression," 27 Aug. 2020 In smaller counties, a few new cases could inflate the per-capita numbers when basing them on a per-100,000-people scale, the state’s COVID-19 czar, Clay Marsh, said during a news conference. Tyler Arnold, Washington Examiner, "West Virginia will require face masks for students in third grade and up," 24 Aug. 2020 The 11-count indictment alleges that Williams and Burdett conspired to inflate Williams' deductions by more than $700,000 over five tax years, while failing to properly report cash receipts of more than $60,000. John Simerman, NOLA.com, "Federal trials in New Orleans postponed until next year, including Jason Williams tax case," 20 Aug. 2020 The indictment alleges the pair conspired to inflate Williams' deductions by more than $700,000 over five tax years, while failing to properly report cash receipts of more than $60,000. John Simerman, NOLA.com, "Judge orders feds to turn over grand jury records to indicted City Council President Jason Williams," 10 Aug. 2020 The announcement comes weeks after Trump critics used TikTok to try to inflate expectations for turnout at the president's rally in Tulsa, Oklahoma. Kelly Tyko, USA TODAY, "TikTok responds to Trump's proposed ban: 'We're not planning on going anywhere'," 1 Aug. 2020

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First Known Use of inflate

15th century, in the meaning defined at transitive sense 1

History and Etymology for inflate

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

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14 Sep 2020

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“Inflate.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/inflate. Accessed 24 Sep. 2020.

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More Definitions for inflate

inflate

verb
How to pronounce inflate (audio)

English Language Learners Definition of inflate

: 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

verb
in·​flate | \ in-ˈflāt How to pronounce inflate (audio) \
inflated; inflating

Kids Definition of inflate

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

inflate

verb
in·​flate | \ in-ˈflāt How to pronounce inflate (audio) \
inflated; inflating

Medical Definition of inflate

transitive verb

: to swell or distend with air or gas inflate the lungs

Other Words from inflate

inflation \ in-​ˈflā-​shən How to pronounce inflation (audio) \ noun

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