verb (used with object), in·flat·ed, in·flat·ing.
verb (used without object), in·flat·ed, in·flat·ing.
Origin of inflate
Examples from the Web for inflate
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
British Dictionary definitions for inflate
Word Origin for inflate
Word Origin and History for inflate
early 15c., "cause to swell," from Latin inflatus, past participle of inflare "to blow into, inflate" (see inflation). Economics sense from 1844. In some senses a back-formation from inflation. Related: Inflatable; inflated; inflating.