Definition of inflate in English:

inflate

Syllabification: in·flate
Pronunciation: /inˈflāt
 
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verb

[with object]
1Fill (a balloon, tire, or other expandable structure) with air or gas so that it becomes distended.
More 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.
Synonyms
blown-up, aerated, filled, puffed up/out, pumped up;
distended, expanded, engorged, swollen
1.1 [no object] Become distended by being filled with air or gas.
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  • 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.
Synonyms
blow up, fill up, fill with air, aerate, pump up;
dilate, distend, swell
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.
Synonyms
increase, raise, boost, escalate, put up
informal hike up, jack up, bump up, boost (up)
high, sky-high, excessive, unreasonable, prohibitive, outrageous, exorbitant, extortionate
informal steep, stiff, pricey
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.
Synonyms
exaggerate, magnify, overplay, overstate, enhance, embellish, increase, amplify, augment
exaggerated, magnified, aggrandized, immoderate, overblown, overstated
2.2Bring about inflation of (a currency) or in (an economy).
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  • 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.

Origin

late Middle English: from Latin inflat- 'blown into', from the verb inflare, from in- 'into' + flare 'to blow'.

Derivatives

inflator

Pronunciation: /-ˈflātər/
(also inflater) noun
More example sentences
  • 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.

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