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

Definition of inflated

1 : distended with air or gas
2 : expanded to an abnormal or unjustifiable volume or level inflated prices
3 : elaborated or heightened by artificial or empty means an inflated style of writing
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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Recent Examples on the Web Theories about inflated and inaccurate death counts have become common as the number of people who succumb to the coronavirus continues to mount. Dallas News, "How do we really know how many people the coronavirus has killed?," 5 Aug. 2020 These tires stay inflated with the help of a layer in the tire casing or a liquid sealant that’s added to make the rubber impermeable to air flow. Popular Mechanics Test Team, Popular Mechanics, "The Best Bikes for Every Type of Cyclist," 17 July 2020 Attempts to defraud businesses with fake invoices or inflated charges for making Secretary of State filings or obtaining wage and overtime compliance documents were with the fifth-largest source of complaints at 334. Aldo Svaldi, The Denver Post, "Robocalls remain the bane of Colorado consumers," 3 Mar. 2020 No matter that the comparison being made is to the highly inflated costs of treating disease in American hospitals. oregonlive, "Analysis: How a COVID-19 vaccine could cost Americans dearly," 10 July 2020 For those of us who don’t have advanced degrees in these areas, distinguishing an inflated headline from a genuinely important discovery can feel impossible. Sara Harrison, Wired, "How to Read Covid-19 Research (and Actually Understand It)," 8 July 2020 But his pre-political career is littered with instances of his PR instincts being anything but a sure thing—for instance, a laughable lawsuit over his obviously inflated net worth. Alex Shephard, The New Republic, "Trump’s Extraordinary Gift for Self-Sabotage," 2 July 2020 Some planets, like Earth, amass a smattering of material and stay small, while others gather gases and balloon into inflated worlds with gargantuan atmospheres, like Jupiter and Saturn. Nadia Drake, National Geographic, "Bizarre new planet is largest known rocky world, 40 times as massive as Earth," 1 July 2020 Trump has often suggested that more testing fuels an inflated sense of the seriousness of the crisis. Laura King, Anchorage Daily News, "COVID-19 surge in South, Southwest poses growing threat, experts warn," 22 June 2020

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First Known Use of inflated

1652, in the meaning defined at sense 3

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10 Aug 2020

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“Inflated.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 14 Aug. 2020.

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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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