Definition of inflate in English:

inflate

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Pronunciation: /ɪnˈfleɪt
 
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verb

[usually with object]
  • 3Bring about inflation of (a currency) or in (an economy): he has inflated the money supply to allow companies to continue in their old ways
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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.

Derivatives

inflater

(also inflator) 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.

Origin

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

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