verb (used with object), de·flat·ed, de·flat·ing.
verb (used without object), de·flat·ed, de·flat·ing.
- definitive plumage,
- deflationary gap,
- deflationary spiral,
Origin of deflate
Examples from the Web for deflate
How the Christmas holidays and a cash infusion from Russia combined to deflate the protest movement.
When the bubble pops, or in the remote chance that it deflates gradually, the wealth the Party gave the people will deflate too.If You Thought the 2008 Recession Was Bad, Wait Till China's Bubble Pops|David Frum|September 13, 2012|DAILY BEAST
This can deflate your ego or spark competitive antics or both.
Even if Tim Cook, the new CEO, proves as able as he has been as acting CEO, the balloon will deflate.
For years, Rove has made it a hobby of sorts to deflate conservatives more popular with the base than he is.
On landing they would solemnly don their clothes, deflate the skins, and go their way.War in the Garden of Eden|Kermit Roosevelt
German cockroaches may attack newly molted nymphs of their own kind and cause them to deflate (Gould and Deay, 1938).The Biotic Associations of Cockroaches|Louis M. Roth
It seemed most everyone was rushing to deflate the pizza bubble and end our love affair with the anchovy.The Land of Look Behind|Paul Cameron Brown
But Millaird's tone, intended to deflate, had no effect on the major.The Time Traders|Andre Norton
A reference to the elegant contingency of Gatton sufficed to deflate a good deal of eloquence.Shelley, Godwin and Their Circle|H. N. Brailsford
Word Origin for deflate
1891, in reference to balloons, coinage based on inflate. Latin deflare meant "to blow away," but in the modern word the prefix is taken in the sense of "down." Related: Deflated; deflating.