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bloat

[ bloht ]
/ bloʊt /
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verb (used with object)
to expand or distend, as with air, water, etc.; cause to swell: Overeating bloated their bellies.
to puff up; make vain or conceited: The promotion has bloated his ego to an alarming degree.
to cure (fishes) as bloaters.
verb (used without object)
to become swollen; be puffed out or dilated: The carcass started to bloat.
noun
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Origin of bloat

1250–1300; earlier bloat (adj.) soft, puffy, Middle English blout<Old Norse blautr wet, soft

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British Dictionary definitions for bloat

bloat
/ (bləʊt) /

verb
to swell or cause to swell, as with a liquid, air, or wind
to become or cause to be puffed up, as with conceit
(tr) to cure (fish, esp herring) by half-drying in smoke
noun
vet science an abnormal distention of the abdomen in cattle, sheep, etc, caused by accumulation of gas in the stomach

Word Origin for bloat

C17: probably related to Old Norse blautr soaked, Old English blāt pale
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