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inflate

Pronunciation: /ɪnˈfleɪt/

Translation of inflate in Spanish:

transitive verb/verbo transitivo

  • 1.1 (with air, gas) [dinghy/airbed/balloon] inflar, hinchar (Spain/España)
    Example sentences
    • At launch, the balloon is partially inflated with helium and expands as it rises.
    • If the balloon stays partially inflated, it can act as a sail and drag Fossett's closet-sized capsule for miles.
    • A few pebbles from my drive in a party balloon partially inflated with water served the purpose.
    1.2 (increase) [figures/prices/economy] inflar; [reputation] exagerar to inflate someone's ego alimentarle el ego a algn

intransitive verb/verbo intransitivo

  • [balloon/dinghy] inflarse, hincharse (Spain/España)
    Example sentences
    • About 10 minutes later, small air pockets throughout the mattress begin inflating and deflating to produce a gentle rocking motion.
    • They inflate differently and behave differently, and once blown up, they can't be deflated for storage or re-used.
    • Compressed air is blown into an opening and the two sheets inflate.

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