verb (used with object), in·flat·ed, in·flat·ing.
verb (used without object), in·flat·ed, in·flat·ing.
Origin of inflate
Synonyms for inflate
Antonyms for inflate
Related Words for inflateswiden, magnify, augment, bloat, escalate, exaggerate, enlarge, pad, boost, expand, overestimate, maximize, distend, pyramid, raise, aerate, dilate, stretch, balloon, exalt
Examples from the Web for inflates
Contemporary Examples of inflates
“It inflates the ego,” which in turn opens up endless opportunity for slights both real and perceived.John Boehner’s Holiday Party Snub
December 5, 2012
Also, Kentucky implemented monthly NICS checks on concealed weapons, which inflates its numbers.States With the Most Guns in 2012
March 21, 2012
When Beijing pays for those dollars with renminbi, it inflates its own money supply.Showdown in Seoul
Gordon G. Chang
November 10, 2010
This is what inflates our Wonder Bread, giant soft pretzels, and those melon-sized bagels.The New Star Diet Craze
August 1, 2010
Historical Examples of inflates
Inflates his chest, puts his hand in his bosom, and strikes an attitude.
Takes attitude by door, puts his hand in his breast, and inflates himself.
As one inflates an air-cushion, I am now with my person inflating the crocodile.Short Stories
Inflates land values so that farming doesn't pay with the already heavy building charges for the dam.Still Jim
Honor Willsie Morrow
You may be sure April has really come when this little amphibian creeps out of the mud and inflates its throat.A Year in the Fields
Word Origin 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.