- distended with air or gas; swollen.
- puffed up, as with pride.
- turgid or bombastic: his inflated prose.
- unduly increased in level: inflated costs.
- Economics. unduly expanded in amount, value, or size; characterized by inflation.
- Botany. hollow and enlarged or swelled out: inflated perianth.
Origin of inflated
- to distend; swell or puff out; dilate: The king cobra inflates its hood.
- to cause to expand or distend with air or gas: to inflate a balloon.
- to puff up with pride, satisfaction, etc.
- to elate.
- Economics. to expand (money, prices, an economy, etc.) unduly in amount, value, or size; affect with inflation.
- to become inflated.
- to increase, especially suddenly and substantially: The $10 subscription has inflated to $25.
Origin of inflate
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Examples from the Web for inflated
He was like an un-tied balloon that had been inflated and immediately released.Robin Williams and Christopher Reeve's Epic Friendship and the Greatest Williams Story Ever Told
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Inflated figures lead to ineffective policies and breed panic and over-reach.Is the Campus Rape Crisis Overblown?
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Iraqi banks are seconded to commit fraudulent transactions and sell currency at inflated prices.Iran’s Top Spy Is the Modern-Day Karla, John Le Carré’s Villainous Mastermind
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MacFarlane is actively making money off of his inflated sense of self.Juvenile Misogynist Seth MacFarlane Is Not Funny
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Before diving into the fiction that has inflated Agenda 21 to fear-mongering status, we must first understand the facts.Agenda 21: The U.N. Conspiracy That Just Won’t Die
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The stem is inflated, stuffed, rather long, tapering downward.The Mushroom, Edible and Otherwise
M. E. Hard
Of all words they may be truly said to be the most inflated with a false meaning.Sophist
Judge Granger—that inflated, stiff-necked, egotistical bag of conceit!Mixed Faces
Already, then, he used to talk of his brother in inflated terms.Nostromo: A Tale of the Seaboard
The lip in all the cypripediums is more or less sac-like and inflated.My Studio Neighbors
William Hamilton Gibson
- 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
Word Origin and History for inflated
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.