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 Among Orlando Mayor Buddy Dyer’s pet peeves is a gas station near the airport with inflated gas prices that victimize unknowing drivers of rental cars. Kevin Spear,, 1 July 2021 Some of the houses that used to be rented out are now being put on the market to sell because of inflated real estate prices, which puts a dent in the available rental supply, Miller said. Connor Sanders, The Salt Lake Tribune, 23 June 2021 Films average around two and a half hours these days, presumably in part because paying inflated ticket prices for an hour-and-a-half film might feel a little weird in 2021. Nicholas Quah, Vulture, 22 June 2021 The new stockholders may not be better off but its existing ones certainly are, including management whose stock-options were priced at the pre-inflated price. WSJ, 8 June 2021 This was a smart move by management to use an inflated stock price to give it cash to either acquire theaters or pay down debt. Chuck Jones, Forbes, 2 June 2021 An independent, external audit by PricewaterhouseCoopers cleared the club of wrongdoing on a financial level by determining that Barcelona did not pay an inflated price for services from I3. Chris Bumbaca, USA TODAY, 1 Mar. 2021 And, that is the problem with resellers and bots buying up all of his stock and selling it at an inflated price. Eliza Huber,, 10 Aug. 2020 Putting an inflated price on artifacts rather than viewing them as cultural and historical treasures that transcend any price is what inflames many archaeologists. Chad Lewis, Smithsonian Magazine, 22 Jan. 2020

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First Known Use of inflated

1652, in the meaning defined at sense 3

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The first known use of inflated was in 1652

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18 Jul 2021

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“Inflated.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 25 Jul. 2021.

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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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