- 1Let air or gas out of (a tyre, balloon, or similar object): he deflated one of the tyresMore example sentences
- 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.
- 1.1 [no object] Be emptied of air or gas: the balloon deflatedMore example sentences
- 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.
- 2Make (someone) suddenly lose confidence or feel dispirited: (as adjective deflated) the news left him feeling utterly deflatedMore example sentences
- He was totally deflated by this remark and conceded defeat.
- I was deflated a bit and things suddenly seemed really awkward.
- He's a confident character; nothing seems to deflate him.
- 2.1Reduce the level of (an emotion or feeling): her anger was deflatedMore example sentences
- Complaining deflates morale, makes you look weak, and creates an environment that breeds negativity like a contagion.
- My pride is instantly deflated and I feel insulted, but I continue because my drive is not financial.
- Getting where they're coming from will probably deflate your anger, so you'll have a better chance of expressing yourself in a way that lets them truly hear you.
- 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 1964More example sentences
- 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.
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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).