- to distend; swell or puff out; dilate: The king cobra inflates its hood.
- to cause to expand or distend with air or gas: to inflate a balloon.
- to puff up with pride, satisfaction, etc.
- to elate.
- Economics. to expand (money, prices, an economy, etc.) unduly in amount, value, or size; affect with inflation.
- to become inflated.
- to increase, especially suddenly and substantially: The $10 subscription has inflated to $25.
Origin of inflate
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Examples from the Web for inflate
Does it matter whether Taylor Swift wants me to inflate my Internet notoriety by doing a dumb thing where I lip sync to her music?Death of the Author by Viral Infection: In Defense of Taylor Swift, Digital Doomsayer
December 3, 2014
Otherwise, there's a tendency for people with small businesses to inflate the expenses of the business to match the income.The Taxman Cometh
April 30, 2013
Apropos inflation, the government could try to inflate its way out of this crisis, covering the deficit by printing money.Fischer King Departs
January 31, 2013
But could this invoking of the words of the Godfather of Soul be a belated effort to inflate these flat polling numbers?Why Mitt Romney’s Use of James Brown Annoys Black Voters
August 31, 2012
You have to add a lot of minor traffic violators and visa overstayers to inflate that figure to 94 percent.Chicago Mayor Rahm Emanuel Is Latest to Reject ‘Secure Communities’ Immigration Law
Robert M. Morgenthau
July 13, 2012
To belly a sail is to inflate or fill it with the wind, so as to give a taut leech.The Sailor's Word-Book
William Henry Smyth
"Launch and inflate another target-globe," he ordered drily.Talents, Incorporated
William Fitzgerald Jenkins
Joe took a little longer than usual to inflate his lungs this time.Joe Strong, the Boy Fish
Why inflate what is unimportant, and waste description on silly things?Bouvard and Pcuchet
Only their bubbs were intact, but there was nothing with which to inflate them.The Planet Strappers
Raymond Zinke Gallun
- to expand or cause to expand by filling with gas or airshe needed to inflate the tyres
- (tr) to cause to increase excessively; puff up; swellto inflate one's opinion of oneself
- (tr) to cause inflation of (prices, money, etc)
- (tr) to raise in spirits; elate
- (intr) to undergo economic inflation
Word Origin and History for inflate
early 15c., "cause to swell," from Latin inflatus, past participle of inflare "to blow into, inflate" (see inflation). Economics sense from 1844. In some senses a back-formation from inflation. Related: Inflatable; inflated; inflating.