- 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 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
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
- 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 inflates
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.