verb (used with object), in·flat·ed, in·flat·ing.
verb (used without object), in·flat·ed, in·flat·ing.
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OTHER WORDS FROM inflatein·flat·er, in·fla·tor, nouno·ver·in·flate, verb (used with object), o·ver·in·flat·ed, o·ver·in·flat·ing.re·in·flate, verb, re·in·flat·ed, re·in·flat·ing.
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It’s also the product of a strategy of endorsing candidates who are already in a good position to win — perhaps with the explicit goal of inflating his top-line win rate, and therefore his reputation.Almost Everyone Trump Endorses Wins Their Primary … But Is He Padding His Record?|Nathaniel Rakich (firstname.lastname@example.org)|August 26, 2020|FiveThirtyEight
The issue this month is that many teachers were laid off earlier than usual this summer, which may have artificially inflated July’s jobs numbers.Yes, Unemployment Fell. But The Recovery Seems To Be Slowing Down.|Neil Paine (email@example.com)|August 7, 2020|FiveThirtyEight
In a brief moment of rapid expansion, that burst of energy inflated the cosmos like a balloon.
Then the blob can inflate into a finished house in 45 minutes.Larvaceans’ underwater ‘snot palaces’ boast elaborate plumbing|Susan Milius|June 15, 2020|Science News
Does it matter whether Taylor Swift wants me to inflate my Internet notoriety by doing a dumb thing where I lip sync to her music?Death of the Author by Viral Infection: In Defense of Taylor Swift, Digital Doomsayer|Arthur Chu|December 3, 2014|DAILY BEAST
Otherwise, there's a tendency for people with small businesses to inflate the expenses of the business to match the income.
Apropos inflation, the government could try to inflate its way out of this crisis, covering the deficit by printing money.
But could this invoking of the words of the Godfather of Soul be a belated effort to inflate these flat polling numbers?Why Mitt Romney’s Use of James Brown Annoys Black Voters|Mansfield Frazier|August 31, 2012|DAILY BEAST
You have to add a lot of minor traffic violators and visa overstayers to inflate that figure to 94 percent.Chicago Mayor Rahm Emanuel Is Latest to Reject ‘Secure Communities’ Immigration Law|Robert M. Morgenthau|July 13, 2012|DAILY BEAST
Let man's better nature revel in the beauties of existence; they inflate his soul.Crooked Trails|Frederic Remington
He and his good wife gave me affectionate greeting and something to inflate a certain vacuum which had become painfully clamorous.Life in Dixie during the War|Mary A. H. Gay
It is only irredeemable paper—irredeemable in whole or in part,—that ever appears to inflate prices, relatively to gold.A New Banking System|Lysander Spooner
We hurry into the heavy rubber suits—and the engineers are already dressed—and inflate at the air-pump taps.With The Night Mail|Rudyard Kipling
Like the globe-fish, they can erect their spines and inflate their bodies.The Ocean World:|Louis Figuier