What does Inflation mean?

Definitions for Inflationɪnˈfleɪ ʃən

Here are all the possible meanings and translations of the word Inflation.

Princeton's WordNet

  1. inflation, rising prices(noun)

    a general and progressive increase in prices

    "in inflation everything gets more valuable except money"

  2. inflation(noun)

    (cosmology) a brief exponential expansion of the universe (faster than the speed of light) postulated to have occurred shortly after the big bang

  3. ostentation, ostentatiousness, pomposity, pompousness, pretentiousness, puffiness, splashiness, inflation(noun)

    lack of elegance as a consequence of being pompous and puffed up with vanity

  4. inflation(noun)

    the act of filling something with air


  1. inflation(Noun)

    An act, instance of, or state of expansion or increase in size, especially by injection of a gas.

    The inflation of the balloon took five hours.

  2. inflation(Noun)

    An increase in the general level of prices or in the cost of living.

  3. inflation(Noun)

    A decline in the value of money.

  4. inflation(Noun)

    An increase in the quantity of money, leading to a devaluation of existing money.

  5. inflation(Noun)

    Undue expansion or increase, as of academic grades.

  6. inflation(Noun)

    An extremely rapid expansion of the universe, theorised to have occurred very shortly after the big bang.

Webster Dictionary

  1. Inflation(noun)

    the act or process of inflating, or the state of being inflated, as with air or gas; distention; expansion; enlargement

  2. Inflation(noun)

    the state of being puffed up, as with pride; conceit; vanity

  3. Inflation(noun)

    undue expansion or increase, from overissue; -- said of currency

  4. Origin: [L. inflatio: cf. F. inflation.]


  1. Inflation

    In economics, inflation is a rise in the general level of prices of goods and services in an economy over a period of time. When the general price level rises, each unit of currency buys fewer goods and services. Consequently, inflation reflects a reduction in the purchasing power per unit of money – a loss of real value in the medium of exchange and unit of account within the economy. A chief measure of price inflation is the inflation rate, the annualized percentage change in a general price index over time. Inflation's effects on an economy are various and can be simultaneously positive and negative. Negative effects of inflation include an increase in the opportunity cost of holding money, uncertainty over future inflation which may discourage investment and savings, and if inflation is rapid enough, shortages of goods as consumers begin hoarding out of concern that prices will increase in the future. Positive effects include ensuring that central banks can adjust real interest rates, and encouraging investment in non-monetary capital projects. Economists generally agree that high rates of inflation and hyperinflation are caused by an excessive growth of the money supply. Views on which factors determine low to moderate rates of inflation are more varied. Low or moderate inflation may be attributed to fluctuations in real demand for goods and services, or changes in available supplies such as during scarcities, as well as to changes in the velocity of money supply measures; in particular the MZM supply velocity. However, the consensus view is that a long sustained period of inflation is caused by money supply growing faster than the rate of economic growth.

Editors Contribution

  1. inflation

    In economics, inflation is a sustained increase in the general price level of goods and services in an economy over a period of time.

    A chief measure of price inflation is the inflation rate, the annualized percentage change in a general price index (normally the consumer price index) over time.

British National Corpus

  1. Spoken Corpus Frequency

    Rank popularity for the word 'Inflation' in Spoken Corpus Frequency: #2305

  2. Written Corpus Frequency

    Rank popularity for the word 'Inflation' in Written Corpus Frequency: #2726

  3. Nouns Frequency

    Rank popularity for the word 'Inflation' in Nouns Frequency: #1016


  1. Chaldean Numerology

    The numerical value of Inflation in Chaldean Numerology is: 8

  2. Pythagorean Numerology

    The numerical value of Inflation in Pythagorean Numerology is: 1

Sample Sentences & Example Usage

  1. Evgeny Gontmakher:

    Inflation is a tax on the poor, most of all.

  2. Ilham Aliyev:

    Annual inflation may reach 30 percent this year.

  3. Bruno Monteyne:

    Low food inflation is good for the low-labor guys.

  4. Matsui Securities:

    This symbolises how inflation expectations have fallen.

  5. Lynne Brown:

    Eskom coal costs have been growing above inflation levels.

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