Definition of Inflation

1. Noun. A general and progressive increase in prices. "In inflation everything gets more valuable except money"

Exact synonyms: Rising Prices
Specialized synonyms: Cost-pull Inflation, Demand-pull Inflation, Reflation, Stagflation
Generic synonyms: Economic Process
Antonyms: Deflation, Disinflation
Derivative terms: Inflate, Inflate, Inflationary

2. Noun. (cosmology) a brief exponential expansion of the universe (faster than the speed of light) postulated to have occurred shortly after the big bang.
Category relationships: Cosmogeny, Cosmogony, Cosmology
Generic synonyms: Blowup, Detonation, Explosion

3. Noun. Lack of elegance as a consequence of being pompous and puffed up with vanity.

4. Noun. The act of filling something with air.
Generic synonyms: Enlargement, Expansion
Antonyms: Deflation
Derivative terms: Inflate, Inflate

Definition of Inflation

1. n. The act or process of inflating, or the state of being inflated, as with air or gas; distention; expansion; enlargement.

Definition of Inflation

1. Noun. An act, instance of, or state of expansion or increase in size, especially by injection of a gas. ¹

2. Noun. (economics) An increase in the general level of prices or in the cost of living. ¹

3. Noun. (economics) A decline in the value of money. ¹

4. Noun. (economics) An increase in the quantity of money, leading to a devaluation of existing money. ¹

5. Noun. Undue expansion or increase, as of academic grades. ¹

6. Noun. (context: cosmology) An extremely rapid expansion of the universe, theorised to have occurred very shortly after the big bang. ¹

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Definition of Inflation

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Medical Definition of Inflation

1. Distention by a fluid or gas. Synonym: vesiculation. Origin: L. Inflatio, fr. In-flo, pp. -flatus, to blow into, inflate (05 Mar 2000)

Lexicographical Neighbors of Inflation

inflatable cushion
inflatable implant
inflatable splint
inflation rate
inflation therapy
inflationary spiral

Literary usage of Inflation

Below you will find example usage of this term as found in modern and/or classical literature:

1. OECD Economic Surveys: Slovak Republic by OECD Staff (2005)
"Convergence of inflation and interest rates to euro area levels Year-on-year percentage changes 20 A. CPl inflation 15 Slovak Republic Euro zone Reference ..."

2. Banking Reform by James Laurence Laughlin (1912)
"Inflation and Over- expansion Used Synonymously Inflation Revealed by the Condition of Banks CHAPTER IX Inflation AND OVER-EXPANSION 1. Fear of Inflation—2. ..."

3. Capital (1888)
"BOOKS How to Bring the Rupee Back on the Track War Against Inflation : The Story of the ... The war against inflation is tantamount to fighting a whirlwind. ..."

4. A Preview and Summary of "The Wayward Welfare State" by Roger A. Freeman (1981)
"But a good dose of plain common sense—which was manifestly lacking in the 1960s and 1970s—could prove eminently beneficial. Inflation—A Tool of ..."

5. The Economic and Budget Outlook: Fiscal Years, 1999-2008 edited by Sherry Snyder (1998)
"The decline in inflation measured by the CPI and the GDP deflator may not ... The inflation rate suggested by the median CPI has remained much more stable ..."

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