Definition of deflate in English:


Line breaks: de|flate
Pronunciation: /dɪˈfleɪt


[with object]
  • 1Let air or gas out of (a tyre, balloon, or similar object): he deflated one of the tyres
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    • Armed officers, who were lying in wait for the would-be raiders, disabled their van using Hatton rounds - bullets designed to deflate tyres with minimum damage.
    • Stranded in the paddy field mud of the Winton track, Ambrose amazed fans by deflating his rear tyres to drive himself out of the bog and back into the race - but only after missing some 20 laps of the race.
    • It took police one and a half hours to extract the lorry by deflating its tyres.
    let down, empty the air out of, collapse, flatten, void; puncture
  • 1.1 [no object] Be emptied of air or gas: the balloon deflated
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    • The AAIB report says the balloon deflated over the wires.
    • And as if by magic, all the balloons immediately drooped, deflated.
    • The balloon deflated over the wires resulting in a short circuit to the electricity supply.
    go down, collapse, shrink, contract, flatten
  • 3 Economics Bring about a general reduction of price levels in (an economy): the budget deflated the economy [no object]: the government deflated sharply in 1964
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    • Well, could inflation soon deflate the economy?
    • In return for a bail-out of the currency, it would deflate the economy, impose a statutory incomes policy, and maintain a military presence East of Suez.
    • Mr Geraghty argues that pay cuts will only deflate the economy further at a time when it needs an increase in consumer spending power to give it a further boost.
    reduce, slow down, make less active, diminish, lessen, lower; devalue, depreciate, depress



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  • This means that the real wage deflators applied to nominal local wages can be very much dependent on the particular time period chosen.
  • The GDP deflator, a key inflation gauge, rose 1.0% in the third quarter in the fourth quarter, down from the 1.6% growth in the preceding quarter.
  • Even the statistical sleight-of-hand that constitutes the current measure of consumer price inflation is at a nine-year high and the GDP implicit price deflator is at a five-year peak.


late 19th century: from de- (expressing reversal) + -flate (as in inflate).

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