in·​flat·​ed | \in-ˈflā-təd \

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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That number is a little inflated, but only by a few percentage points. Patrick O'donnell,, "Vast poverty differences create unfair comparisons on Nation's Report Card," 13 Apr. 2018 Mauricio Pellegrino has attributed Southampton's lack of transfer activity in January to being priced out of deals, and lamented the inflated transfer fees which exist in the modern market., "Under-Fire Mauricio Pellegrino Blames High Prices for Southampton's Lack of January Deals," 3 Feb. 2018 According to a new study, people with thicker, more distinctive brows are more likely to have a form of narcissism called grandiose narcissism, which is characterized by overconfidence, an assertive personality, and an inflated sense of self-worth. Blake Bakkila,, "This One Thing Could Help You Recognize a Narcissist," 7 June 2018 With a host of talent leaving Portugal on free transfers this summer, many Premier League clubs are circling looking to find value in an extremely inflated market., "Reporter Claims Arsenal are 'Close' to Signing Liverpool Target After Contract Controversy," 27 June 2018 Those contractors then submit inflated invoices and quickly file suit if insurers deny the claim or refuse to pay the full invoice, insurers say. Ron Hurtibise,, "Citizens Insurance seeks rate hikes near 10 percent for Broward, Miami-Dade," 19 June 2018 MiMedx, the Marietta biopharma company rocked by allegations of inflated earnings and improper sales practices, said Monday the company’s longtime chairman and CEO has resigned. Scott Trubey, ajc, "MiMedx CEO ‘Pete’ Petit resigns amid corporate turmoil," 2 July 2018 Another reason for the inflated price: The property sits just over a half-mile from the new Boston Landing development near New Balance headquarters. Jaclyn Reiss,, "For sale in Brighton: A dilapidated, 3-bedroom home — for $800,000," 27 June 2018 Insurers argue medical flight businesses use patients as pawns to recoup money from inflated bills. Rebekah L. Sanders, azcentral, "Arizona family shocked by $47,000 air ambulance bill for their child," 25 June 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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