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Meaning of INFLATE

Pronunciation:  in'fleyt

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  1. [v]  become inflated; "The sails ballooned"
  2. [v]  fill with gas or air; "inflate a balloons"
  3. [v]  exaggerate or make bigger; "The charges were inflated"
  4. [v]  increase the amount or availability of, creating a rise in value; "inflate the currency"
  5. [v]  cause prices to rise by increasing the available currency or credit; "The war inflated the economy"

INFLATE is a 7 letter word that starts with I.


 Synonyms: amplify, balloon, billow, blow up
 Antonyms: deflate
 See Also: alter, bring down, change, cut, cut back, cut down, expand, heave, increase, puff up, reduce, reflate, surge, trim, trim back, trim down



Webster's 1913 Dictionary
  1. \In*flate"\, p. a. [L. inflatus, p. p. of inflare to
    inflate; pref. in- in + flare to blow. See {Blow} to puff
    Blown in; inflated. --Chaucer.
  2. \In*flate"\, v. t. [imp. & p. p. {Inflated}; p. pr. &
    vb. n. {Inflating}.]
    1. To swell or distend with air or gas; to dilate; to expand;
       to enlarge; as, to inflate a bladder; to inflate the
             When passion's tumults in the bosom rise, Inflate
             the features, and enrage the eyes.    --J. Scott of
    2. Fig.: To swell; to puff up; to elate; as, to inflate one
       with pride or vanity.
             Inflate themselves with some insane delight.
    3. To cause to become unduly expanded or increased; as, to
       inflate the currency.
  3. \In*flate"\, v. i.
    To expand; to fill; to distend.
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