inflation

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noun in·fla·tion \in-ˈflā-shən\

Definition of inflation

  1. 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. 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

  1. the inflation of a balloon

  2. The government has been unable to control inflation.

  3. The rate of inflation is high.

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First Known Use of inflation

14th century


INFLATION Defined for English Language Learners

inflation

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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

inflation

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noun in·fla·tion \in-ˈflā-shən\

Definition of inflation for Students

  1. 1 :  an act of filling with air or gas :  the state of being filled with air or gas inflation of a balloon

  2. 2 :  a continual rise in the price of goods and services



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