- 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.
A man inflates a balloon.
transitive verbinflated, inflating
- 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 of inflate; from Classical Latin inflatus, past participle of inflare, to blow into, inflate ; from in-, in + flare, to blow
verbin·flat·ed, in·flat·ing, in·flates
- To fill (something) with air or gas so as to make it swell: inflated the balloon with helium.
- a. To fill with pride; aggrandize: positive reviews that inflated the actor's ego.b. To represent as greater or more important than is in fact the case: inflated the box office receipts to mislead the investors. See Synonyms at exaggerate.
- To cause (a currency or economy) to undergo inflation.
Origin of inflateMiddle English inflaten, from Latin īnflāre, īnflāt- : in-, in; see in–2 + flāre, to blow; see bhlē- in Indo-European roots.
- in·fla′tor, in·flat′er
(third-person singular simple present inflates, present participle inflating, simple past and past participle inflated)
- To enlarge an object by pushing air (a gas) into it; to raise or expand abnormally
- You inflate a balloon by blowing air into it.
- (intransitive) To enlarge by filling with air (a gas).
- The balloon will inflate if you blow into it.
- (figuratively) To swell; to puff up.
- to inflate somebody with pride or vanity
Latin īnflātus, from the verb īnflō.