[ in-fleyt ]
/ ɪnˈfleɪt /
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verb (used with object), in·flat·ed, in·flat·ing.
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.
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
synonym study for inflate
1. See expand.
OTHER WORDS FROM inflatein·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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How to use inflate in a sentence
Before Bills fans get too excited, however, they should consider the fact that their record is inflated and not as good as it looks on paper.Steelers stay unbeaten, Chargers drop another heartbreaker in NFL Week 9|Cindy Boren, Mark Maske, Des Bieler|November 9, 2020|Washington Post
On Sunday, it was Washington quarterback Kyle Allen, after an air cast was inflated around his lower left leg.Alex Smith got his second chance. Now it’s time to give Dwayne Haskins his.|Kevin Blackistone|November 9, 2020|Washington Post
At 11 by 4 inches in the stuffsack, it left space in my duffle for other gear, and weighing in at just over one pound, it’s Therm-a-Rest’s lightest self-inflating mattress for women.The Durable Gear One Wildland Firefighter Swears By|Amanda Monthei|October 28, 2020|Outside Online
It’s pretty clear that in 2019, profits were inflated and unsustainable.After soaring, then plunging, earnings are heading for a ‘new normal.’ But where is that, exactly?|Shawn Tully|October 13, 2020|Fortune
The buyer is referring to allegations, reported by Business Insider earlier this month, that monthly active user metrics from the app have been inflated.‘We’re at the crux of it’: How TikTok rival Triller is brashly pitching advertisers|Seb Joseph|October 12, 2020|Digiday
Municipal inflator preparing a coachman for an important public function.
British Dictionary definitions for inflate
/ (ɪnˈfleɪt) /
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 inflateinflatedly, adverbinflatedness, nouninflater or inflator, noun
Word Origin for inflate
C16: from Latin inflāre to blow into, from flāre to blow
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