[ in-fleyt ]
/ ɪnˈfleɪt /
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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In order, what parts of speech are the words in all capital letters? Alisa was VERY tired, SO she decided to go to bed.
Origin of inflate
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.
Words nearby inflate
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British Dictionary definitions for reinflate
/ (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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