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

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.
Recent Examples on the Web Government employees, whose wages lag behind the rest of the workforce, are suffering even more from inflated prices of gas, food and housing. Lauren Kaori Gurley, Washington Post, 5 Aug. 2022 The era began in 1991, when an economic bubble burst following years of inflated asset prices ranging from real estate to stocks. Colin Lodewick, Fortune, 8 July 2022 Trujillo noted that some clients took advantage of the inflated real estate market over the past two years to sell property. Lucy Brewster, Fortune, 14 July 2022 And some argued that the Fed kept rates near zero far too long, lending fuel to runaway spending and inflated prices in stocks, homes and other assets. Paul Wiseman, ajc, 13 July 2022 So maybe the inflated secondhand market will get some relief. Diana Budds, Curbed, 3 Dec. 2021 This artificially inflated market collapsed in 2014. Molly Osberg, The New Republic, 4 Nov. 2021 Rampant credit card and student loan debt, coupled with an inflated housing market and stagnant earning potential, now means that Americans in Generation X, who are between 40 and 55, have four times the assets of America’s youngest adults. New York Times, 22 Oct. 2021 If anyone tells you that all the big dividends have been bought up in this inflated market, do yourself a favor: tune them out. Michael Foster, Forbes, 4 Sep. 2021 See More

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First Known Use of inflated

1652, in the meaning defined at sense 3

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“Inflated.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 13 Aug. 2022.

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