Definition of reflate in English:

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Pronunciation: /rēˈflāt/


[with object]
Expand the level of output of (an economy) by government stimulus, using either fiscal or monetary policy.
Example sentences
  • This leaves the ‘old school economic policies’ of dollar devaluation and deficit financing to help reflate the economy and fend off deflation and boost exporters.
  • Also, the return to a zero interest rate policy by the Bank of Japan signals its intent to reflate the economy.
  • The big risk for bonds is that the Fed's efforts to reflate the economy will prove all too successful, leading to an eventual surge in inflation.



Pronunciation: /rēˈflāSH(ə)n/
Example sentences
  • If Japan ultimately does get serious about aggressive monetary reflation, it appears to us that an extremely cheap yen policy is the inevitable by-product.
  • Malaysia turned to capital controls, whilst embarking on an aggressive policy of monetary reflation.
  • Can the recession and the deflationary trend be corrected by massive reflation?


Pronunciation: /rēˈflāSHəˌnerē/
Example sentences
  • The editorial repeated calls for a reflationary monetary policy coupled with a fiscal program to rein in government deficits.
  • With interest rate cuts and a reflationary budget, shares in the sector could have further to go, provided the British economy is not dragged down by the problems in the US.
  • And while the stock market wallows in today's reflationary environment, we'll stick with our view that what is unfolding is not favorable for U.S. financial assets generally.


1930s: from re- 'again', on the pattern of inflate, deflate.

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Syllabification: re·flate

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