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in·flate

 (ĭn-flāt′)
v. in·flat·ed, in·flat·ing, in·flates
v.tr.
1. To fill (something) with air or gas so as to make it swell: inflated the balloon with helium.
2.
a. To fill with pride; aggrandize: positive reviews that inflated the actor's ego.
b. To represent as greater or more important than is in fact the case: inflated the box office receipts to mislead the investors. See Synonyms at exaggerate.
3. To cause (a currency or economy) to undergo inflation.
v.intr.
To become inflated.

[Middle English inflaten, from Latin īnflāre, īnflāt- : in-, in; see in-2 + flāre, to blow; see bhlē- in Indo-European roots.]

in·fla′tor, in·flat′er n.

inflate

(ɪnˈfleɪt)
vb
1. to expand or cause to expand by filling with gas or air: she needed to inflate the tyres.
2. (tr) to cause to increase excessively; puff up; swell: to inflate one's opinion of oneself.
3. (Economics) (tr) to cause inflation of (prices, money, etc)
4. (tr) to raise in spirits; elate
5. (Economics) (intr) to undergo economic inflation
[C16: from Latin inflāre to blow into, from flāre to blow]
inˈflatedly adv
inˈflatedness n
inˈflater, inˈflator n

in•flate

(ɪnˈfleɪt)

v. -flat•ed, -flat•ing. v.t.
1. to distend; swell or puff out; dilate.
2. to expand or distend with air or gas: to inflate a balloon.
3. to puff up with pride, satisfaction, etc.
4. to elate.
5. to increase unduly, as the level of prices or the amount of a currency.
v.i.
6. to become inflated.
[1470–80; < Latin inflāre to blow on or into, puff out =in- in-2 + flāre to blow2]
in•flat′er, in•fla′tor, n.

inflate

blow up
1. 'inflate'

If you inflate something such as a tyre, balloon, or airbed, you fill it full of air or gas.

...a rubber dinghy that took half an hour to inflate.
2. 'blow up'

Inflate is a formal or technical word. In conversation, you usually say that you blow up a tyre, balloon, or airbed.

She blew up the airbed.
She would buy her son a dinghy and a pump to blow it up.

inflate


Past participle: inflated
Gerund: inflating

Imperative
inflate
inflate
Present
I inflate
you inflate
he/she/it inflates
we inflate
you inflate
they inflate
Preterite
I inflated
you inflated
he/she/it inflated
we inflated
you inflated
they inflated
Present Continuous
I am inflating
you are inflating
he/she/it is inflating
we are inflating
you are inflating
they are inflating
Present Perfect
I have inflated
you have inflated
he/she/it has inflated
we have inflated
you have inflated
they have inflated
Past Continuous
I was inflating
you were inflating
he/she/it was inflating
we were inflating
you were inflating
they were inflating
Past Perfect
I had inflated
you had inflated
he/she/it had inflated
we had inflated
you had inflated
they had inflated
Future
I will inflate
you will inflate
he/she/it will inflate
we will inflate
you will inflate
they will inflate
Future Perfect
I will have inflated
you will have inflated
he/she/it will have inflated
we will have inflated
you will have inflated
they will have inflated
Future Continuous
I will be inflating
you will be inflating
he/she/it will be inflating
we will be inflating
you will be inflating
they will be inflating
Present Perfect Continuous
I have been inflating
you have been inflating
he/she/it has been inflating
we have been inflating
you have been inflating
they have been inflating
Future Perfect Continuous
I will have been inflating
you will have been inflating
he/she/it will have been inflating
we will have been inflating
you will have been inflating
they will have been inflating
Past Perfect Continuous
I had been inflating
you had been inflating
he/she/it had been inflating
we had been inflating
you had been inflating
they had been inflating
Conditional
I would inflate
you would inflate
he/she/it would inflate
we would inflate
you would inflate
they would inflate
Past Conditional
I would have inflated
you would have inflated
he/she/it would have inflated
we would have inflated
you would have inflated
they would have inflated
ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
Verb1.inflate - exaggerate or make bigger; "The charges were inflated"
increase - make bigger or more; "The boss finally increased her salary"; "The university increased the number of students it admitted"
puff up - make larger or distend; "The estimates were puffed up"
2.inflate - fill with gas or air; "inflate a balloons"
reflate - inflate again; "reflate the balloon"
expand - make bigger or wider in size, volume, or quantity; "expand the house by adding another wing"
surge, billow, heave - rise and move, as in waves or billows; "The army surged forward"
deflate - become deflated or flaccid, as by losing air; "The balloons deflated"
3.inflate - cause prices to rise by increasing the available currency or credit; "The war inflated the economy"
alter, change, modify - cause to change; make different; cause a transformation; "The advent of the automobile may have altered the growth pattern of the city"; "The discussion has changed my thinking about the issue"
reflate - economics: raise demand, expand the money supply, or raise prices, after a period of deflation; "These measures reflated the economy"
deflate - produce deflation in; "The new measures deflated the economy"
4.inflate - increase the amount or availability of, creating a rise in value; "inflate the currency"
cut down, reduce, trim back, trim down, cut, cut back, trim, bring down - cut down on; make a reduction in; "reduce your daily fat intake"; "The employer wants to cut back health benefits"
deflate - reduce or cut back the amount or availability of, creating a decline in value or prices; "deflate the currency"
5.inflate - become inflatedinflate - become inflated; "The sails ballooned"
reflate - become inflated again
expand - become larger in size or volume or quantity; "his business expanded rapidly"

inflate

verb
1. blow up, pump up, swell, balloon, dilate, distend, aerate, bloat, puff up or out He jumped into the sea and inflated the liferaft.
blow up deflate, contract, collapse, compress
2. increase, boost, expand, enlarge, escalate, amplify Promotion can inflate a film's final cost.
increase shrink, diminish, lessen
3. exaggerate, embroider, embellish, emphasize, enlarge, magnify, overdo, amplify, exalt, overstate, overestimate, overemphasize, blow out of all proportion, aggrandize, hyperbolize Even his war record was fraudulently inflated.

inflate

verb
To make (something) seem greater than is actually the case:
Idioms: blow up out of proportion, lay it on thick, stretch the truth.
Translations
nafouknout
gonflerhausserdésérialiserenfler
blása upp
infliacijainfliacinisišpūtimaspripučiamaspripūsti
piepūst
napihnitinapolniti z zrakom
hava ile şiş mek

inflate

[ɪnˈfleɪt]
A. VT
1. [+ tyre, balloon] → inflar, hinchar (Sp) (with de)
2. (fig) [+ prices] → inflar; [+ currency] → provocar la inflación de; [+ report] → exagerar
don't inflate his egono le alimentes el ego
B. VI [balloon, tyre] → inflarse, hincharse (Sp)

inflate

[ɪnˈfleɪt]
vt
(= blow up) [+ tyre, balloon] → gonfler
(= increase) [+ cost, price] → gonfler
(= exaggerate) [+ description, figures, expectations] → gonfler
vi [inflatable object, life jacket] → se gonfler

inflate

vt
(lit)aufpumpen; (by mouth) → aufblasen
(Econ) prices, billhochtreiben; to inflate the currencydie Inflation anheizen, den Geldumlauf steigern; to inflate the budget (for a project etc) → den Etat aufblähen; (Econ) → inflationäre Haushaltspolitik betreiben
(fig)steigern, erhöhen; sb’s egoaufblähen, steigern
vi
(lit)sich mit Luft füllen
(fig: price) → rapide steigen

inflate

[ɪnˈfleɪt]
1. vt (tyre, balloon) → gonfiare (fig) (prices, profits) → gonfiare, far salire; (idea, opinion) → esagerare, gonfiare
2. vi (tyre, balloon) → gonfiarsi (fig) (prices, profits) → salire

inflate

(inˈfleit) verb
to blow up or expand (especially a balloon, tyre or lungs with air). He used a bicycle pump to inflate the ball.
inˈflatable adjective
(of eg a cushion, ball etc) that can be filled with air for use. an inflatable beach ball.
inˈflation noun
1. the process of inflating or being inflated.
2. a situation in country's economy where prices and wages keep forcing each other to increase.
inˈflationary adjective
relating to economic inflation.
References in classic literature ?
Possessing, as I do, a quick memory and boundless confidence in myself, I propose privately inflating my new skin with as much ready-made science as it will hold, and presenting Mr.
My meaning is that I am a man," said Stryver, inflating himself at his friend as he made the punch, "who cares more to be agreeable, who takes more pains to be agreeable, who knows better how to be agreeable, in a woman's society, than you do.
Warming with the theme, and inflating themselves with their own eulogies, these magnanimous heroes of the trencher would start up, advance a short distance beyond the light of the fire, and apostrophize most vehemently their Blackfeet enemies, as though they had been within hearing.
We have said that the light produced by the spark and the match did not last more than two seconds; but during these two seconds this is what it illumined: in the first place, the giant, enlarged in the darkness; then, at ten paces off, a heap of bleeding bodies, crushed, mutilated, in the midst of which some still heaved in the last agony, lifting the mass as a last respiration inflating the sides of some old monster dying in the night.
The pouter has a much elongated body, wings, and legs; and its enormously developed crop, which it glories in inflating, may well excite astonishment and even laughter.
It was precisely three days, said the man, mournfully inflating a dying rooster, since his offspring had tasted bread.
Arthur Charpentier, sub-lieutenant in Her Majesty's navy," cried Gregson, pompously, rubbing his fat hands and inflating his chest.
If you've ever worked in a law firm, as I have, you know that the temptation to pad bills by inflating estimates of time worked is hard to resist.