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 become swollen; be puffed out or dilated: The carcass started to bloat.
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How to use bloat in a sentence
Formerly it was the custom to keep oysters in fresh water, as the water they absorb bloats or fattens them.Woman's Institute Library of Cookery, Vol. 3 | Woman's Institute of Domestic Arts and Sciences
Wi' that bull bloats fit to bust 'isseif, lashes wi's tail, waggles his head, and gets agate o' chargin' 'im.Bob, Son of Battle | Alfred Ollivant
We all know that it was eight or ten "honorable" bloats of the last thirty years who made our chief international troubles.Around The Tea-Table | T. De Witt Talmage
I know no better than the snake knows when his skin withers and bloats.Hypolympia | Edmund Gosse
British Dictionary definitions for bloat
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
vet science an abnormal distention of the abdomen in cattle, sheep, etc, caused by accumulation of gas in the stomach
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