verb exaggerate or make bigger
blow up; expand; amplify.
- The charges were inflated
verb fill with gas or air
verb cause prices to rise by increasing the available currency or credit
- The war inflated the economy
verb increase the amount or availability of, creating a rise in value
verb become inflated
In*flate" participial adjective
, p.p. of inflare
to inflate; pref. in-
in + flare
to blow. See Blow
to puff wind.
- Blown in; inflated.
In*flate" transitive verb
imperfect & past participle Inflated; present participle & verbal noun Inflating
- To swell or distend with air or gas; to dilate; to expand; to enlarge; as, to inflate a bladder; to inflate the lungs.
When passion's tumults in the bosom rise,
Inflate the features, and enrage the eyes.
J. Scott of Amwell.
- Fig.: To swell; to puff up; to elate; as, to inflate one with pride or vanity.
Inflate themselves with some insane delight.
- To cause to become unduly expanded or increased; as, to inflate the currency.
In*flate" intransitive verb
- To expand; to fill; to distend.
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