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verb (used without object), re·flat·ed, re·flat·ing.
  1. to increase again the amount of money and credit in circulation.
verb (used with object), re·flat·ed, re·flat·ing.
  1. to increase (money and credit) again.

Origin of reflate

First recorded in 1930–35; back formation from reflation
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British Dictionary definitions for reflate


  1. to inflate or be inflated again

Word Origin

C20: back formation from reflation
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