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Definitions of inflate

  1. exaggerate or make bigger; "The charges were inflated" Scrapingweb Dictionary DB
  2. become inflated; "The sails ballooned" Scrapingweb Dictionary DB
  3. fill with gas or air; "inflate a balloons" Scrapingweb Dictionary DB
  4. cause prices to rise by increasing the available currency or credit; "The war inflated the economy" Scrapingweb Dictionary DB
  5. increase the amount or availability of, creating a rise in value; "inflate the currency" Scrapingweb Dictionary DB
  6. Blown in; inflated. Webster Dictionary DB
  7. To swell or distend with air or gas; to dilate; to expand; to enlarge; as, to inflate a bladder; to inflate the lungs. Webster Dictionary DB
  8. Fig.: To swell; to puff up; to elate; as, to inflate one with pride or vanity. Webster Dictionary DB
  9. To cause to become unduly expanded or increased; as, to inflate the currency. Webster Dictionary DB
  10. To expand; to fill; to distend. Webster Dictionary DB
  11. To swell out with air or gas, as a balloon; puff up; make proud; expand or raise, as prices. The Winston Simplified Dictionary. By William Dodge Lewis, Edgar Arthur Singer. Published 1919.
  12. To swell with air: to puff up. The american dictionary of the english language. By Daniel Lyons. Published 1899.
  13. INFLATINGLY. The Concise Standard Dictionary of the English Language. By James Champlin Fernald. Published 1919.
  14. Inflation. The Clarendon dictionary. By William Hand Browne, Samuel Stehman Haldeman. Published 1894.
  15. To swell with air; puff up. The Clarendon dictionary. By William Hand Browne, Samuel Stehman Haldeman. Published 1894.
  16. To puff up, as with air; swell; elate; expand. The Concise Standard Dictionary of the English Language. By James Champlin Fernald. Published 1919.
  17. To swell by injecting air; to puff up; to increase or raise artificially. Nuttall's Standard dictionary of the English language. By Nuttall, P.Austin. Published 1914.
  18. To fill and swell out with air; to blow in; to puff up; to elate. Etymological and pronouncing dictionary of the English language. By Stormonth, James, Phelp, P. H. Published 1874.
  19. in-fl[=a]t', v.t. to swell with air: to puff up, elate.--adj. INFLAT'ED, swollen or blown out: turgid.--adv. INFLAT'INGLY.--ns. INFL[=A]'TION, state of being puffed up; INFL[=A]'TUS, a breathing into: inspiration. [L. infl[=a]re, -[=a]tum--in, into, fl[=a]re, to blow.] gutenberg.org/ebooks/37683
  20. (person with pride &c.); raise (price) artificially; (p.p., of language) bombastic. So inflation n. [Latin] Concise Oxford Dictionary

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