verb (used with object), de·flat·ed, de·flat·ing.
verb (used without object), de·flat·ed, de·flat·ing.
Origin of deflate
Examples from the Web for deflating
The Germans were forced into a pocket, the shape of a deflating balloon.
Sales would skyrocket with legalization, but prices would plummet, deflating the overall market value.Why Legalizing Marijuana on Election Day Might Not Be a Good Idea|Tony Doukopil|October 29, 2012|DAILY BEAST
Instead, the deflating moment came when 36–1 long shot Birdstone chased down the frontrunning Smarty Jones on the home stretch.Scratching I’ll Have Another Lifts a Cloud of Suspicion off the Triple Crown|Dan Packel|June 9, 2012|DAILY BEAST
But talk of millions and billions is deflating to voters who gave small amounts to their favorite candidates.
He may not inspire warmth or elation; in fact, the sight and sound of him is vaguely depressing, and deflating.
The best filled paunches cannot resist them; deflating little by little, they make the heaviest light.The Legend of Ulenspiegel, Vol. II (of 2)|Charles de Coster
Her gas escaped to mix with air, and the air of her rent balloonette poured into her deflating gas-chambers.The War in the Air|Herbert George Wells
British Dictionary definitions for deflating
Word Origin for deflate
Word Origin and History for deflating
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.