“It inflates the ego,” which in turn opens up endless opportunity for slights both real and perceived.
When Beijing pays for those dollars with renminbi, it inflates its own money supply.
Also, Kentucky implemented monthly NICS checks on concealed weapons, which inflates its numbers.
This is what inflates our Wonder Bread, giant soft pretzels, and those melon-sized bagels.
inflates his chest, puts his hand in his bosom, and strikes an attitude.
inflates land values so that farming doesn't pay with the already heavy building charges for the dam.
The new born infant inhales air, inflates its lungs with air, and begins to live.
You may be sure April has really come when this little amphibian creeps out of the mud and inflates its throat.
As one inflates an air-cushion, I am now with my person inflating the crocodile.
He never sinks English success into failure, or inflates French failure into victory.
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.