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 Sting Things started to turn sour for O’Rourke and Black, however, when the inflated share prices of AV1 began to fall as their big investors got cold feet and started selling. Justin Rohrlich, Quartz, "How an undercover FBI sting busted an alleged multimillion-dollar stock fraud," 26 July 2019 Mega influencers with a million or more followers can earn $250,000 per social media post, but nearly $38,000 of that money is wasted by brands on fake or inflated follower counts. Megan Cerullo, CBS News, "Influencer marketing fraud will cost brands $1.3 billion in 2019," 25 July 2019 These customers continue to receive inflated bills because of corrupt syndicates within the national electric utility company Kenya Power. Abdi Latif Dahir, Quartz Africa, "Africa’s largest wind power project is now open in Kenya," 22 July 2019 Steven Bearden of Temujin LLC claims that Klemm, LeSure and LeSure's cousin, Earl Campbell, sold him an Indianapolis investment home in 2016 at an inflated price and then failed to properly renovate it. Tim Evans, Indianapolis Star, "The 'Flipping Exes' baggage Bravo's not talking about: Bankruptcy, lawsuits, late taxes," 8 July 2019 Lawsuit alleges inflated sale, subpar renovation In a lawsuit pending in Hamilton County, Klemm and LeSure are accused of conspiring to defraud a Colorado investor. Tim Evans, Indianapolis Star, "The 'Flipping Exes' baggage Bravo's not talking about: Bankruptcy, lawsuits, late taxes," 8 July 2019 Calderon was convicted of accepting bribes in exchange for influencing California lawmakers to keep that lucrative loophole -- the one that allowed for the inflated hardware reimbursements -- open. CBS News, "Men expose billion-dollar back surgery scam involving doctor kickbacks and fake hardware," 21 June 2019 In some cases, the culprit is an inflated sense of self-worth. Jon Wilner, The Mercury News, "Hotline newsletter: NBA Draft results in six Pac-12 players selected and six early-entries shunned," 21 June 2019 Faced with inconvenient budget estimates from independent analysts, Republicans recycle the same playbook: attack the referees, credulously cite the inflated forecasts of their own hacks-for-hire, then act surprised when reality comes up short. Catherine Rampell, The Denver Post, "Rampell: A Republican finally reveals the truth about the GOP tax cuts," 16 June 2019

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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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