Definition of Inflate

1. Verb. Exaggerate or make bigger. "The charges were inflated"

Exact synonyms: Amplify, Blow Up, Expand
Generic synonyms: Increase
Specialized synonyms: Puff Up
Derivative terms: Expansive

2. Verb. Fill with gas or air. "Inflate a balloons"
Exact synonyms: Blow Up
Specialized synonyms: Reflate, Billow, Heave, Surge
Generic synonyms: Expand
Antonyms: Deflate
Derivative terms: Inflatable, Inflater, Inflation, Inflator

3. Verb. Cause prices to rise by increasing the available currency or credit. "The war inflated the economy"
Generic synonyms: Alter, Change, Modify
Specialized synonyms: Reflate
Antonyms: Deflate
Derivative terms: Inflation

4. Verb. Increase the amount or availability of, creating a rise in value. "Inflate the currency"
Generic synonyms: Bring Down, Cut, Cut Back, Cut Down, Reduce, Trim, Trim Back, Trim Down
Antonyms: Deflate
Derivative terms: Inflation

5. Verb. Become inflated. "The sails ballooned"
Exact synonyms: Balloon, Billow
Specialized synonyms: Reflate
Generic synonyms: Expand
Derivative terms: Inflation

Definition of Inflate

1. p. a. Blown in; inflated.

2. v. t. To swell or distend with air or gas; to dilate; to expand; to enlarge; as, to inflate a bladder; to inflate the lungs.

3. v. i. To expand; to fill; to distend.

Definition of Inflate

1. Verb. (transitive) To enlarge an object by pushing air (or a gas) into it; to raise or expand abnormally ¹

2. Verb. (intransitive) To enlarge by filling with air (or a gas). ¹

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Definition of Inflate

1. to cause to expand by filling with gas or air [v -FLATED, -FLATING, -FLATES]

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Lexicographical Neighbors of Inflate

inflammatory lymph
inflammatory macrophage
inflammatory oedema
inflammatory papillary hyperplasia
inflammatory polyp
inflammatory pseudotumour
inflammatory response
inflammatory rheumatism
inflatable cushion
inflatable implant
inflatable splint
inflate (current term)
inflation rate
inflation therapy
inflationary spiral

Literary usage of Inflate

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

1. The Jonson Allusion-Book: A Collection of Allusions to Ben Jonson from 1597-1700 by Jesse Franklin Bradley, Joseph Quincy Adams (1922)
"... his Tragedies Sejanus and Catiline seem to have in them more of an artificial and inflate than of a pathetical and naturally Tragic height: In the rest ..."

2. General History of the Christian Religion and Church by August Neander, Joseph Torrey (1851)
"duties ; and where in a sarcastic tone he says to them :1 " When we exalt and inflate ourselves against the ..."

3. The Economic Policy of Robert Walpole by Norris Arthur Brisco (1907)
"... the price of stock, but this, much to the discomfort of the officials, did not take place. Various means were resorted to in order to inflate the price. ..."

4. William Croone, on the Reason of the Movement of the Muscles by William Croone (2000)
"tuba to capsule tuba to inflate fibres OE umbilicus wira which opena valva at A inlet valva Figure 6. Model with "inflatable muscle" that bends the forearm ..."

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