What does deflate mean?

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Princeton's WordNet

  1. deflate(verb)

    collapse by releasing contained air or gas

    "deflate a balloon"

  2. deflate(verb)

    release contained air or gas from

    "deflate the air mattress"

  3. deflate, puncture(verb)

    reduce or lessen the size or importance of

    "The bad review of his work deflated his self-confidence"

  4. deflate(verb)

    produce deflation in

    "The new measures deflated the economy"

  5. deflate(verb)

    reduce or cut back the amount or availability of, creating a decline in value or prices

    "deflate the currency"

  6. deflate(verb)

    become deflated or flaccid, as by losing air

    "The balloons deflated"


  1. deflate(v. t.)

    To reduce from an inflated condition; used literally and metaphorically; as, to deflate a tire; to deflate expectations.

    Etymology: [Pref. de- down + L. flare, flatus to blow.]


  1. deflate(Verb)

    To cause an object to decrease or become smaller in some parameter, e.g. to shrink

  2. deflate(Verb)

    To reduce the amount of available currency or credit and thus lower prices.

  3. deflate(Verb)

    To become deflated.

  4. deflate(Verb)

    To let down or disappoint.

Webster Dictionary

  1. Deflate(verb)

    to reduce from an inflated condition

    Etymology: [Pref. de- down + L. flare, flatus to blow.]



    In computing, deflate is a data compression algorithm that uses a combination of the LZ77 algorithm and Huffman coding. It was originally defined by Phil Katz for version 2 of his PKZIP archiving tool and was later specified in RFC 1951. The original algorithm as designed by Katz was patented as US patent 5051745 and assigned to PKWARE. Deflate is widely thought to be implementable in a manner not covered by patents. This has led to its widespread use, for example in gzip compressed files, PNG image files and the ZIP file format for which Katz originally designed it.

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  1. Chaldean Numerology

    The numerical value of deflate in Chaldean Numerology is: 3

  2. Pythagorean Numerology

    The numerical value of deflate in Pythagorean Numerology is: 8

Examples of deflate in a Sentence

  1. Arngrimur Hermannsson:

    We have a tire pressure system where tires can deflate while we drive, we need to do that to be able to go over soft snow.

  2. Carolyn Brockington:

    Think of [the aneurysm] like a balloon coming off the wall of the artery. On the neck of the balloon they put a small clip in so blood can’t go into the aneurysm, which means the balloon will deflate, the more newer approach is an endovascular approach using an angiogram. They go into the balloon itself and fill the balloon with small coil so blood can’t go into the balloon, and therefore the aneurysm deflates.

  3. Chris Jarvis:

    With the worst of the bad news priced in following last weeks capitulation trade, a very shorted oil market has traders running for cover, we continue to believe the pressures that have created this downdraft for oil prices are beginning to deflate and subside. Aggressive short traders are now paying the price.

  4. Cohenif Trump:

    What you do is, you deflate the value of the asset and then you put in a request to the tax department for a deduction, and would it help for the committee to obtain federal and state tax returns from the president and his company to address that discrepancy?

  5. Steve King:

    If the House votes for amnesty, then it will deflate the base, and they'll feel betrayed, and they'll stay home, and that we could lose the majority over that, and if that happens, then it's almost a certainty that Democrats would impeach President Trump.

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