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.
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
Learn More about inflation
See words that rhyme with inflation Thesaurus: All synonyms and antonyms for inflation Spanish Central: Translation of inflation Nglish: Translation of inflation for Spanish speakers Britannica English: Translation of inflation for Arabic speakers Britannica.com: Encyclopedia article about inflation
Seen and Heard
What made you want to look up inflation? Please tell us where you read or heard it (including the quote, if possible).