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Definition of the verb inflate

What does inflate mean as a doing word?

verb - inflections: inflated | inflating | inflates

  1. exaggerate or make bigger
    • example: The charges were inflated
    • lexical domain: Change - verbs of size, temperature change, intensifying, etc.
    • synonyms of inflate: amplify / blow up / expand
    • more generic word: increase = make bigger or more
    • more specific term: puff up = make larger or distend
  2. fill with gas or air
  3. cause prices to rise by increasing the available currency or credit
    • example: The war inflated the economy
    • lexical domain: Change - verbs of size, temperature change, intensifying, etc.
    • antonym: deflate
    • more generic words: alter / change / modify = cause to change; make different
    • more specific word: reflate = economics: raise demand, expand the money supply, or raise prices, after a period of deflation
  4. increase the amount or availability of, creating a rise in value
  5. become inflated
    • syntax: the same syntax as for the sense 2
    • lexical domain: Change - verbs of size, temperature change, intensifying, etc.
    • synonyms of inflate: balloon / billow
    • more generic word: expand = become larger in size or volume or quantity
    • more specific word: reflate = become inflated again

Alternative definition of the verb inflate


  1. [transitive] To enlarge an object by pushing air (or a gas) into it; to raise or expand abnormally
  2. [intransitive] To enlarge by filling with air (or a gas).

Phrases with inflate

  1. Plasmoporella Inflate
  2. Species Plasmoporella Inflate

Printed dictionaries and other books with definitions for inflate

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Google previewA Revision of Bastin's College Botany for the Use of Students of Pharmacy (1920)

by Edson Sewell Bastin

Lobelia inflate is an official drug and is acrid and somewhat poisonous. The Blue Lobelia, the Cardinal Flower, the Balloon Flower (Platycodon) and the Bluebell ( Campanula) are among the ornamental plants of this family. The Compositae is ...

Google previewThe Little Book of Bull Moves in Bear Markets (2008)

How to Keep Your Portfolio Up When the Market is Down by Peter D. Schiff

The word inflate means to expand, not to go up or down, and inflation results whenever the money supply and credit are expanded. Prices rise when that expansion occurs without a commensurate expansion of goods and services.

Google previewGold, Peace, and Prosperity (2007)

The Birth of a New Currency by Ron Paul

The political pressure to inflate is the main reason for continued expansion of the money supply. Monetization of Federal debt, with the Federal Reserve turning government bonds into money, is a convenient and politically easy way to pay the ...

Google previewNew Albany Medical Herald (1905)

Lobelia inflate is an old remedy but not as well ...

Google previewCambridge Academic Content Dictionary Reference Book with CD-ROM (2008)

by Cambridge University Press

inflate FILL ...

Google previewUpper Necaxa Totonac Dictionary (2011)

by David Beck

[Cls 2| inflate, ...

Google previewA Dictionary of Dental Science (1891)

And Such Words and Phrases of the Collateral Sciences as Pertain to the Art and Practice of Dentistry by Chapin Aaron Harris

From Qvoau, to inflate, and KE<pa~Arit the head. Emphysematous swelling of the head. Physocce'lia. From Qvaaa, to inflate, and KOiXta, the belly. Tympanites. Pliyso'des. From Qvaaa, to inflate, and eidoc, resemblance. A term applied in ...

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Usage statistics about inflate

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Small photo of Magnificent Frigatebird in tropical garden. Males have a distinctive red gular pouch, which they inflate during the breeding season to attract females.Small photo of Professional tyre inflator gauge providing with a handle to inflate and a pushbutton to deflate.Small photo of Fill air into the tire / to inflate a tire More...

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Quotes about inflate

A woman's flattery may inflate a man's head a little; but her criticism goes straight to his heart, and contracts it so that it can never again hold quite as much love for her. (Helen Rowland)
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Scrabble value of I1N1F4L1A1T1E1

The value of this 7-letter word is 10 points. It is included in the first and second editions of the Official Scrabble Players Dictionary.

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