Definition of inflation
1 : an act of inflating : a state of being inflated: such asa : distensionb : a hypothetical extremely brief period of very rapid expansion of the universe immediately following the big bangc : empty pretentiousness : pomposity
2 : a continuing rise in the general price level usually attributed to an increase in the volume of money and credit relative to available goods and services
Examples of inflation in a Sentence
the inflation of a balloon
The government has been unable to control inflation.
The rate of inflation is high.
Recent Examples of inflation from the Web
Increases in the years after are tied to inflation, similar to the House version.
From 2007 until this year, inflation was about 11.8 percent, while wage increases in contracts Daley and the City Council approved 10 years ago provided wage increases of more than 29 percent, according to Ferguson's report.
Where Dr. Seuss had colorful characters and catchy rhyme schemes, the Bank of England has dry treatises on inflation without a single rhyme or clever turn of phrase in sight.
Eurostat, the EU’s statistics agency, said Wednesday that inflation fell to 1.4 percent in the year through May from 1.9 percent the month before.
Fed policy makers forecast in March that inflation would end the year at 1.9 percent, just below their 2 percent goal for the personal consumption expenditure price index.
Falling petroleum prices and years of economic mismanagement when oil revenues were high, have led to triple-digit inflation and left a majority of Venezuelans hardly able to buy sufficient food and other necessities.
Even the smallest gain – New York, with a 4.1 percent increase – was about double the rate of inflation, according to Blitzer.
Over the last five years, median CEO pay in the survey has jumped by 19.6 percent, not accounting for inflation.
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First Known Use of inflation
INFLATION Defined for English Language Learners
Definition of inflation for English Language Learners
: an act of inflating something : the state of being inflated
: a continual increase in the price of goods and services
INFLATION Defined for Kids
Definition of inflation for Students
1 : an act of filling with air or gas : the state of being filled with air or gas inflation of a balloon
2 : a continual rise in the price of goods and services
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