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verb [with object]
1fill (a balloon, tire, or other expandable structure) with air or gas so that it becomes distended. [no object] become distended by being filled with air or gas. 2increase (something) by a large or excessive amount:objectives should be clearly set out so as not to duplicate work and inflate costs exaggerate:numbers have been grossly inflated by the local press bring about inflation of (a currency) or in (an economy).
(also inflater) noun