inflate

[ in-fleyt ]
/ ɪnˈfleɪt /

verb (used with object), in·flat·ed, in·flat·ing.

verb (used without object), in·flat·ed, in·flat·ing.

to become inflated.
to increase, especially suddenly and substantially: The $10 subscription has inflated to $25.

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Origin of inflate

First recorded in 1500–20; from Latin inflātus, past participle of inflāre “to blow on or into, puff out,” equivalent to in- in-2 + flā- blow2 + -tus past participle suffix

synonym study for inflate

1. See expand.

OTHER WORDS FROM inflate

in·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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Example sentences from the Web for inflate

British Dictionary definitions for inflate

inflate
/ (ɪnˈfleɪt) /

verb

to expand or cause to expand by filling with gas or airshe needed to inflate the tyres
(tr) to cause to increase excessively; puff up; swellto inflate one's opinion of oneself
(tr) to cause inflation of (prices, money, etc)
(tr) to raise in spirits; elate
(intr) to undergo economic inflation

Derived forms of inflate

inflatedly, adverbinflatedness, nouninflater or inflator, noun

Word Origin for inflate

C16: from Latin inflāre to blow into, from flāre to blow
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