Definitions for: Inflate

[v] become inflated; "The sails ballooned"
[v] fill with gas or air; "inflate a balloons"
[v] exaggerate or make bigger; "The charges were inflated"
[v] increase the amount or availability of, creating a rise in value; "inflate the currency"
[v] cause prices to rise by increasing the available currency or credit; "The war inflated the economy"

Webster (1913) Definition: In*flate", p. a. [L. inflatus, p. p. of inflare to
inflate; pref. in- in + flare to blow. See Blow to puff
Blown in; inflated. --Chaucer.

In*flate", v. t. [imp. & p. p. Inflated; p. pr. &
vb. n. Inflating.]
1. To swell or distend with air or gas; to dilate; to expand;
to enlarge; as, to inflate a bladder; to inflate the

When passion's tumults in the bosom rise, Inflate
the features, and enrage the eyes. --J. Scott of

2. Fig.: To swell; to puff up; to elate; as, to inflate one
with pride or vanity.

Inflate themselves with some insane delight.

3. To cause to become unduly expanded or increased; as, to
inflate the currency.

In*flate", v. i.
To expand; to fill; to distend.

Synonyms: amplify, balloon, billow, blow up

Antonyms: deflate

See Also: alter, bring down, change, cut, cut back, cut down, expand, heave, increase, puff up, reduce, reflate, surge, trim, trim back, trim down

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