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  • 1 Inflate — 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 lungs. [1913 Webster] When passion s tumults in the bosom… …

    The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • 2 inflate — in‧flate [ɪnˈfleɪt] verb [intransitive, transitive] ECONOMICS if the cost or level of something inflates or is inflated, it increases, often above what is reasonable or normal: • Overseas sales were inflated by the depreciation of the yen. •… …

    Financial and business terms

  • 3 Inflate — In*flate , p. a. [L. inflatus, p. p. of inflare to inflate; pref. in in + flare to blow. See {Blow} to puff wind.] Blown in; inflated. Chaucer. [1913 Webster] …

    The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • 4 Inflate — can refer to: * Inflation, or price inflation, is a rise in the general level of prices of goods and services over time * Monetary inflation is a rise in the quantity of money in an economy * Cosmic inflation, the theory relating to the expansion …

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  • 5 inflate — (v.) early 15c., cause to swell, from L. inflatus, pp. of inflare to blow into, inflate (see INFLATION (Cf. inflation)). Economics sense from 1844. In some senses a back formation from inflation. Related: Inflatable; inflated; inflating …

    Etymology dictionary

  • 6 inflate — [in flāt′] vt. inflated, inflating [< L inflatus, pp. of inflare, to blow into, inflate < in , in + flare, to BLOW1] 1. to blow full or swell out as with air or gas; distend; expand; dilate 2. to raise in spirits; make proud or elated 3. to …

    English World dictionary

  • 7 Inflate — In*flate , v. i. To expand; to fill; to distend. [1913 Webster] …

    The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • 8 Inflate to 45 RPM — is the first vinyl recording by Canadian ska punk band The Planet Smashers. It contains three tracks, two of which were put on their following recording, Attack of The Planet Smashers . The last track, an instrumental, is a cover of a song by The …

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  • 9 inflate — I verb aggrandize, amplify, balloon, bloat, blow up, broaden, cause to bulge, dilate, distend, enlarge, escalate, exaggerate, expand, extend, fatten, fill out, fill with air, grow, increase, increase dimensions, inflare, magnify, make greater,… …

    Law dictionary

  • 10 inflate — distend, swell, *expand, amplify, dilate Analogous words: enlarge, increase, augment: magnify, aggrandize, *exalt Antonyms: deflate Contrasted words: *contract, compress, shrink, condense, constrict …

    New Dictionary of Synonyms

  • 11 inflate — [v] blow up, increase aerate, aggrandize, amplify, augment, balloon*, beef up*, bloat, boost, build up, cram*, dilate, distend, enlarge, escalate, exaggerate, exalt, expand, flesh out*, magnify, maximize, overestimate, pad*, puff up*, pump up*,… …

    New thesaurus

  • 12 inflate — ► VERB 1) expand by filling with air or gas. 2) increase by a large or excessive amount. 3) exaggerate. 4) bring about inflation of (a currency) or in (an economy). ORIGIN Latin inflare blow into …

    English terms dictionary

  • 13 inflate — in|flate [ınˈfleıt] v [Date: 1400 1500; : Latin; Origin: , past participle of inflare, from flare to blow ] 1.) [I and T] to fill something with air or gas so it becomes larger, or to become filled with air or gas ▪ It took us half an hour to… …

    Dictionary of contemporary English

  • 14 inflate — [[t]ɪnfle͟ɪt[/t]] inflates, inflating, inflated 1) V ERG If you inflate something such as a balloon or tyre, or if it inflates, it becomes bigger as it is filled with air or a gas. [V n] Stuart jumped into the sea and inflated the liferaft... Don …

    English dictionary

  • 15 inflate — verb 1 (I, T) if you inflate something, or if it inflates, it fills with air or gas so that it becomes larger: It took us half an hour to inflate the dinghy. | Her life jacket failed to inflate. 2 (T) to make something seem more important or… …

    Longman dictionary of contemporary English

  • 16 inflate — UK [ɪnˈfleɪt] / US verb Word forms inflate : present tense I/you/we/they inflate he/she/it inflates present participle inflating past tense inflated past participle inflated 1) a) [transitive] to fill something with air or gas so that it becomes… …

    English dictionary

  • 17 inflate — verb (inflated; inflating) Etymology: Middle English, from Latin inflatus, past participle of inflare, from in + flare to blow more at blow Date: 15th century transitive verb 1. to swell or distend with air or gas < inflate a tire > 2. to puff up …

    New Collegiate Dictionary

  • 18 inflate — verb /ɪnˈfleɪt/ a) To enlarge an object by pushing air (or a gas) into it; to raise or expand abnormally You inflate a balloon by blowing air into it. b) To enlarge by filling with air (or a gas). The balloon will inflate if you blow into it …

    Wiktionary

  • 19 inflate — [16] Inflate comes from inflātus, the past participle of Latin inflāre ‘blow into’. This was a compound verb formed from the prefix in and flāre ‘blow’ (a distant relative of English blow). The use of inflate and inflation as technical terms in… …

    The Hutchinson dictionary of word origins

  • 20 inflate — [16] Inflate comes from inflātus, the past participle of Latin inflāre ‘blow into’. This was a compound verb formed from the prefix in and flāre ‘blow’ (a distant relative of English blow). The use of inflate and inflation as technical terms in… …

    Word origins


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