- to release the air or gas from (something inflated, as a balloon): They deflated the tires slightly to allow the truck to drive under the overpass.
- to depress or reduce (a person or a person's ego, hopes, spirits, etc.); puncture; dash: Her rebuff thoroughly deflated me.
- to reduce (currency, prices, etc.) from an inflated condition; to affect with deflation.
- to become deflated.
Origin of deflate
Examples from the Web for deflate
How the Christmas holidays and a cash infusion from Russia combined to deflate the protest movement.Why Did Ukraine’s Eurolution Fail?
January 5, 2014
When the bubble pops, or in the remote chance that it deflates gradually, the wealth the Party gave the people will deflate too.If You Thought the 2008 Recession Was Bad, Wait Till China's Bubble Pops
September 13, 2012
This can deflate your ego or spark competitive antics or both.The Stars Predict Your Week
Starsky + Cox
October 9, 2011
Even if Tim Cook, the new CEO, proves as able as he has been as acting CEO, the balloon will deflate.Don't Bet Against Apple
August 25, 2011
For years, Rove has made it a hobby of sorts to deflate conservatives more popular with the base than he is.Perry’s War With the Bushies
August 18, 2011
But Millaird's tone, intended to deflate, had no effect on the major.The Time Traders
On landing they would solemnly don their clothes, deflate the skins, and go their way.War in the Garden of Eden
German cockroaches may attack newly molted nymphs of their own kind and cause them to deflate (Gould and Deay, 1938).The Biotic Associations of Cockroaches
Louis M. Roth
It seemed most everyone was rushing to deflate the pizza bubble and end our love affair with the anchovy.The Land of Look Behind
Paul Cameron Brown
It may tend to deflate our ego to think that there may be intelligent beings not too different from us who are advanced beyond us.The Four-Faced Visitors of Ezekiel
Arthur W. Orton
- to collapse or cause to collapse through the release of gas
- (tr) to take away the self-esteem or conceit from
- economics to cause deflation of (an economy, the money supply, etc)
Word Origin and History for deflate
1891, in reference to balloons, coinage based on inflate. Latin deflare meant "to blow away," but in the modern word the prefix is taken in the sense of "down." Related: Deflated; deflating.