Inflate Definition

inflated, inflates, inflating
inflated, inflates, inflating
To blow full or swell out as with air or gas; distend; expand; dilate.
Webster's New World
To raise in spirits; make proud or elated.
Webster's New World
To fill with pride; aggrandize.
Positive reviews that inflated the actor's ego.
American Heritage
To increase or raise beyond what is normal or valid.
Webster's New World
To represent as greater or more important than is in fact the case.
Inflated the box office receipts to mislead the investors.
American Heritage

Origin of Inflate

  • Middle English inflaten from Latin īnflāre īnflāt- in- in in–2 flāre to blow bhlē- in Indo-European roots

    From American Heritage Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition

  • From Latin īnflātus, from the verb īnflō.

    From Wiktionary


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