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[ ri-fleyt ]
/ rɪˈfleɪt /

verb (used without object), re·flat·ed, re·flat·ing.

to increase again the amount of money and credit in circulation.

verb (used with object), re·flat·ed, re·flat·ing.

to increase (money and credit) again.

Nearby words

refining, refinish, refit, refl., reflag, reflate, reflation, reflationary, reflect, reflect on, reflectance

Origin of reflate

First recorded in 1930–35; back formation from reflation Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

British Dictionary definitions for reflate


/ (riːˈfleɪt) /


to inflate or be inflated again

Word Origin for reflate

C20: back formation from reflation
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