re·​in·​flate (ˌ)rē-in-ˈflāt How to pronounce reinflate (audio)
reinflated; reinflating

transitive verb

: to inflate (something deflated) again
When it is time to reinflate the boat, you must partially fill the craft with air, put the floorboards in place and then inflate it to capacity.Barbara Lloyd

Examples of reinflate in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web Many cars without spares come with kits to patch and reinflate a tire that’s low on air. Jon Healey, Los Angeles Times, 18 Aug. 2023 Daley, who was mayor at the time, essentially adopted the strategy of hoping that the stock bubble would reinflate. Dean Baker, The New Republic, 19 July 2023 Any one of those three guys would reinflate the opinion of the Cowboys’ receiver corps. Dallas News, 5 Apr. 2022 The first inserted a tube to drain air from his chest cavity and allow his lung to reinflate. Matt Kawahara, San Francisco Chronicle, 24 Feb. 2021 The Pirates had gotten two back to close within 3-2, before Brayden Pranger, with his dart-like quickness, took advantage of errant pitches to reinflate the Bayside lead to 4-2. Robert Avery, Houston Chronicle, 8 July 2020 In the emergency room, McCollester immediately cut into both sides of my rib cage to relieve pressure, helping my lungs reinflate. Andrew J. Bernstein, Outside Online, 4 May 2020 See More

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Word History

First Known Use

1816, in the meaning defined above

Time Traveler
The first known use of reinflate was in 1816

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Cite this Entry

“Reinflate.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 30 Nov. 2023.

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