Definition of inflate in English:
1Fill (a balloon, tire, or other expandable structure) with air or gas so that it becomes distended.
- 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.
1.1 [no object] Become distended by being filled with air or gas.
- 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.
2Increase (something) by a large or excessive amount: objectives should be clearly set out so as not to duplicate work and inflate costs
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- Comedy production costs are greatly inflated by the price of hype.
- Property agencies say this year's festival will see yet another increase in the number of flats on the temporary market, and at increasingly inflated prices.
- However, as with exit fees, a growing number of lenders are cottoning on to the fact that inflated charges can increase their profits.
2.1Exaggerate: numbers have been grossly inflated by the local press
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- The assertion that these claims have been shown to be grossly inflated is a little premature in my opinion.
- More to the point, who is kidding who when you have to purchase your ticket to finals now grossly inflated in scale via the humiliations of a play-off?
- If the claim to ‘reform’ is grossly inflated, the opposing claim to defend ‘free speech’ is even more ludicrous.
2.2Bring about inflation of (a currency) or in (an economy).
- This action would eliminate currency exchange risks and risks attached to purchasing goods from an economy with a hugely inflated currency.
- At present, the State in nearly every country has achieved its major monetary goal: the ability to expand its revenue by inflating the currency at will.
- Beginning with the War of Independence and continuing through the War on Terror, Americans have chosen to pay for their wars by borrowing money and inflating the currency.
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- That leads to our next sure-fire house price inflator - transaction taxes, such as stamp duty.
- So forget any housing price bubble factor for at least 5 years as an interest rate inflator.
- Besides looking very different, the principal difference between the two inflators is in how they are put in the ‘ready’ mode.
Pronunciation: /-ˈflātər/(also inflater) noun
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