What does inflate mean?

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Princeton's WordNet

  1. inflate, blow up, expand, amplifyverb

    exaggerate or make bigger

    "The charges were inflated"

  2. inflate, blow upverb

    fill with gas or air

    "inflate a balloons"

  3. inflateverb

    cause prices to rise by increasing the available currency or credit

    "The war inflated the economy"

  4. inflateverb

    increase the amount or availability of, creating a rise in value

    "inflate the currency"

  5. balloon, inflate, billowverb

    become inflated

    "The sails ballooned"


  1. inflateverb

    To enlarge an object by pushing air (or a gas) into it; to raise or expand abnormally

    You inflate a balloon by blowing air into it.

  2. inflateverb

    To enlarge by filling with air (or a gas).

    The balloon will inflate if you blow into it.

  3. Etymology: inflatus, from the verb inflo.

Samuel Johnson's Dictionary

  1. To INFLATEverb

    Etymology: inflatus, Latin.

    That the muscles are inflated in time of rest, appears to the very eye in the faces of children. John Ray.

    Vapours are no other than inflated vesiculæ of water. William Derham.

    With might and main they chas'd the murd'rous fox,
    With brazen trumpets and inflated box,
    To kindle Mars with military sounds,
    Nor wanted horns t'inspire sagacious hounds. Dryden.


  1. inflate

    To inflate means to fill or expand something with gas or air causing it to enlarge or swell up. Additionally, it can also refer to exaggerate or increase something unnecessarily or excessively, such as prices or figures.

Webster Dictionary

  1. Inflate

    blown in; inflated

  2. Inflateverb

    to swell or distend with air or gas; to dilate; to expand; to enlarge; as, to inflate a bladder; to inflate the lungs

  3. Inflateverb

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

  4. Inflateverb

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

  5. Inflateverb

    to expand; to fill; to distend

  6. Etymology: [L. inflatus, p. p. of inflare to inflate; pref. in- in + flare to blow. See Blow to puff wind.]

Chambers 20th Century Dictionary

  1. Inflate

    in-flāt′, v.t. to swell with air: to puff up, elate.—adj. Inflat′ed, swollen or blown out: turgid.—adv. Inflat′ingly.—ns. Inflā′tion, state of being puffed up; Inflā′tus, a breathing into: inspiration. [L. inflāre, -ātumin, into, flāre, to blow.]

The New Hacker's Dictionary

  1. inflate

    To decompress or puff a file. Rare among Internet hackers, used primarily by MS-DOS/Windows types.

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  1. Chaldean Numerology

    The numerical value of inflate in Chaldean Numerology is: 9

  2. Pythagorean Numerology

    The numerical value of inflate in Pythagorean Numerology is: 4

Examples of inflate in a Sentence

  1. Yoram Schweitzer:

    I think that while the ISIS menace cannot be ignored, what is more important is not to inflate it, israeli authorities have an interest in this regard, as no one wants to see Melhem copycats - not least because he managed to kill three people and get away, in what made them look like a bit of a circus.

  2. Val Saengphaibul:

    They simply have more time to understand and hone their craft without worrying about work, bills, and the rent which could potentially inflate the number of young, experimental hackers.

  3. Mike Kane:

    The board and management are deeply disappointed at the breach of trust that led to the accounts of the Windows business being misreported to inflate profitability.

  4. Hillary Rodham Clinton:

    Now it's easy to try to cut costs by holding down or decreasing pay and other investments to inflate quarterly stock prices, but I would argue that's bad for business in the long run, workers are assets. Investing in them pays off. Higher wages pay off. And training pays off.

  5. Lorne Baring:

    All the FTSE 100 companies, except for financials, with majority earnings outside the UK are boosted by the substantial fall in sterling which will inflate overseas earnings in the next results.

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