in·​flat·​ed | \ in-ˈflā-təd How to pronounce inflated (audio) \

Definition of inflated

1 : elaborated or heightened by artificial or empty means an inflated style of writing
2 : distended with air or gas
3 : expanded to an abnormal or unjustifiable volume or level inflated prices
4 : being hollow and enlarged or distended

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Examples of inflated in a Sentence

a writer with an inflated reputation an inflated style of writing She objects to the inflated salaries that many professional athletes now receive.
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The South Korean auto makers, which blamed the inflated ratings on testing errors, eventually agreed in 2014 to pay nearly $700 million in federal fines and class-action lawsuits. Mike Colias, WSJ, "Ford Investigating Its Emissions Testing After Employees Raised Concerns," 21 Feb. 2019 The false returns usually reported inflated income from a sole proprietorship and claimed fictitious dependents to generate an Earned Income Tax Credit — which is a refund for working families with low- to moderate-incomes. Michael Brice-saddler, Washington Post, "Oxon Hill man gets prison time in tax refund scheme," 18 June 2018 But when a car hits an inflated airbag, the impact force is spread through the airbag and along the length of the vehicle's side structure, which reduces energy loads. Matthew Jancer, Popular Mechanics, "Your Next Car Could Have Airbags That Inflate on the Outside," 15 Feb. 2019 Car tabs are a significant source of revenue for Sound Transit, which uses an inflated formula approved by the state Legislature to determine the value of vehicles and how much drivers pay for car tabs. Heidi Groover, The Seattle Times, "Car-tab fees, new transportation package on Washington state lawmakers’ agenda," 28 Jan. 2019 Many investors feared homeowners who had paid top dollar before the bust or borrowed against properties at inflated values would soon default. Ryan Dezember, WSJ, "A Hedge Fund Makes Billions Off Americans’ Underwater Mortgages," 25 Dec. 2018 Within days, Musk was facing multiple lawsuits from shareholders who bought shares at inflated prices in the wake of Musk's tweet. Timothy B. Lee, Ars Technica, "Analysis: Why Elon Musk abandoned his plan to take Tesla private," 25 Aug. 2018 States can also group together areas with variable unemployment rates and qualify the larger area on an inflated average unemployment rate. The Editorial Board, WSJ, "The Food Stamp Farce," 22 Aug. 2018 Abreu is like the cute, lived-in bungalow on the cul-de-sac whose market price will fall well short of an inflated number the seller truly seeks for reasons difficult to explain. David Haugh,, "No apology necessary: White Sox All-Star Jose Abreu worth keeping more than trading," 11 July 2018

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First Known Use of inflated

1652, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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English Language Learners Definition of inflated

: filled and made larger with air or gas
: too large or high
of language : too serious or fancy

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a sum of money that is sent as a payment

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