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.
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.
- in·flat·er, in·fla·tor, noun
- o·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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How to use inflate in a sentence
They frequently overshoot on the upside, inflating values, reputations, and egos far above their underlying value.
Steniakina repeats many of them, including the charge that the LDS has been inflating its membership numbers.
The company pins the fiasco on the British software company for inflating its books.HP Board Member Marc Andreessen, an Internet Pioneer, Deserves Some of the Blame for the Company’s Failures | Rob Cox | November 21, 2012 | THE DAILY BEAST
Inflating his age by a year (in reality turning 20 at the time), Moon was determined make his birthday a smash.Speed Read: 11 Most Shocking Moments From Pete Townshend’s ‘Who I Am’ | Abby Haglage | October 8, 2012 | THE DAILY BEAST
The contracts whizzed back and forth, inflating trading volume and crushing prices.How Wall Street Computers Almost Killed Knight Trading | Alex Klein, Matthew Zeitlin | August 7, 2012 | THE DAILY BEAST
When handballs become "dead," or no longer bounce freely, they may frequently be restored by inflating them with air.The Boy Mechanic, Book 2 | Various
The ass held up her head, and looked around; but the inflating being discontinued, she sank once more in apparent death.Wanderings in South America | Charles Waterton
I conceive also, that the difficulty of inflating the lungs is always increased in proportion as the patient becomes more awake.
This is the service a Belleisle can do; inflating a poor man to Kaisership, beyond his natural size!History of Friedrich II. of Prussia, Vol. XIII. (of XXI.) | Thomas Carlyle
To him the art is indebted for the introduction of carbureted-hydrogen, or coal gas, as the means of inflating balloons.
British Dictionary definitions for inflate
to expand or cause to expand by filling with gas or air: she needed to inflate the tyres
(tr) to cause to increase excessively; puff up; swell: to 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
- inflatedly, adverb
- inflatedness, noun
- inflater or inflator, noun
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