- The definition of inflate is to fill an expandable structure with air or gas to make it larger, or to exaggerate something or increase something by a large amount.
- When you blow up a balloon or fill it with helium, this is an example of when you inflate.
- When a balloon is filled with helium and grows rounder and larger, this is an example of when it inflates.
- When you have a minor little paper cut and you act as if you are dying, this is an example of when you = inflate the importance of the cut.
- When the cost of a movie ticket goes from $2 to $10, this is an example of a time the theatre inflates the prices.
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- to blow full or swell out as with air or gas; distend; expand; dilate
- to raise in spirits; make proud or elated
- to increase or raise beyond what is normal or valid
- to cause inflation of (money, credit, etc.)
Origin: from Classical Latin inflatus, past participle of inflare, to blow into, inflate from in-, inch(es) plush flare, to blow
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verb in·flat·ed, in·flat·ing, in·flates verb, transitive
- To fill (something) with air or gas so as to make it swell.
- a. To enlarge or amplify unduly or improperly; aggrandize.b. To raise or expand abnormally or improperly. See Synonyms at exaggerate.
- To cause (a currency or an economy) to undergo inflation.
Origin: Middle English inflaten, from Latin īnflāre, īnflāt- : in-, in; see in-2 + flāre, to blow; see bhlē- in Indo-European roots.
- in·flaˈtor, in·flatˈer noun