in·​fla·​tion in-ˈflā-shən How to pronounce inflation (audio)
: an act of inflating : a state of being inflated: such as
: a hypothetical extremely brief period of very rapid expansion of the universe immediately following the big bang
: empty pretentiousness : pomposity
: 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 on the Web The University of Michigan’s Consumer Sentiment report revealed a sharper-than-expected dip in May, along with a worrying rise in inflation expectations. Detroit Free Press, 11 May 2024 And when national inflation figures for April are released next week there are some indications that Argentina's economy could see a return to a single digit monthly inflation rate for the first time since October 2023. Kim Hjelmgaard, USA TODAY, 10 May 2024 See all Example Sentences for inflation 

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Word History

First Known Use

14th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1

Time Traveler
The first known use of inflation was in the 14th century

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Cite this Entry

“Inflation.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 24 May. 2024.

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in·​fla·​tion in-ˈflā-shən How to pronounce inflation (audio)
: an act of inflating : the state of being inflated
: a continual increase in the price of goods and services

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