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Longman Dictionary of Contemporary English
inflated (=higher than is usual or reasonable)
▪ People seem willing to pay inflated prices for houses in central London.
▪ The 1988 figure had been artificially inflated by a bunching of large contributions to multilateral organizations such as the World Bank.
▪ Opponents charge that this system artificially inflates the cost of peanut products for consumers and provides a federal windfall for quota-holders.
▪ This bladder inflated when air was pumped into the suit at a pressure of 26 kPa.
▪ Then, the entire bird is inflated by forcing air into it.
▪ We all started to inflate our balloons and eventually one burst.
▪ The final piece that we have to add is the generation of pressure without having to inflate a balloon to start with.
▪ Government engineers bought sub-standard equipment, inflated the price, and pocketed the difference.
▪ They came to symbolize the excesses of the period: the hype and inflated prices new artwork was able to command.
▪ Branson bought them at an auction which inflated the group's price far beyond its true value.
▪ Speculators, however, repeatedly inflated the price enormously within days or weeks of release.
▪ Axe says that the management pressured him to inflate cost estimates on repairs.
▪ Beauty, money, and popularity can all inflate a person's ego.
▪ The raft inflates automatically.
▪ Tyres should always be inflated to the correct pressure.
▪ We inflated the balloons with helium.
▪ You can inflate the mattress in 30 seconds, using a foot pump.
The Collaborative International Dictionary

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


Inflate \In*flate"\, p. a. [L. inflatus, p. p. of inflare to inflate; pref. in- in + flare to blow. See Blow to puff wind.] Blown in; inflated.


Inflate \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 lungs.

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

  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.

Douglas Harper's Etymology Dictionary

early 15c., "cause to swell," from Latin inflatus, past participle of inflare "to blow into, inflate" (see inflation). Economics sense from 1844. In some senses a back-formation from inflation. Related: Inflatable; inflated; inflating.


vb. 1 (context transitive English) To enlarge an object by pushing air (or a gas) into it; to raise or expand abnormally 2 (context intransitive English) To enlarge by filling with air (or a gas). 3 (context figurative English) To swell; to puff up. 4 (cx transitive computing English) To decompress (data) that was previously deflated.

  1. v. fill with gas or air; "inflate a balloons" [syn: blow up] [ant: deflate]

  2. exaggerate or make bigger; "The charges were inflated" [syn: blow up, expand, amplify]

  3. cause prices to rise by increasing the available currency or credit; "The war inflated the economy" [ant: deflate]

  4. increase the amount or availability of, creating a rise in value; "inflate the currency" [ant: deflate]

  5. become inflated; "The sails ballooned" [syn: balloon, billow]

Usage examples of "inflate".

Will watched Tom Tilley, a man who never smiled, hang on a backstay like a gigantic inflated sheep tick whooping and huzzahing as if someone had made him rich.

The Kill-the-Bees crusade claimed that 100 million bees perished - a figure most observers thought inflated.

A heterogeneous collection of navigable balloons of all sizes and types gathered over the Bernese Oberland, crushed and burnt the twenty-five Swiss air-ships that unexpectedly resisted this concentration in the battle of the Alps, and then, leaving the Alpine glaciers and valleys strewn with strange wreckage, divided into two fleets and set itself to terrorise Berlin and destroy the Franconian Park, seeking to do this before the second air-fleet could be inflated.

New York and Quito, sometimes stopped in Boca Grande to refuel, and paid an inflated landing fee.

Mei-Ling noticed that in his right hand he bore a stick to which was attached an inflated spherical bladder or balloon, decorated to resemble the Earth as viewed from cislunar space.

Financing a new railway usually ineant its promoters would set up secretly controlled construction companies, then negotiate inflated contracts with themselves, collecting hefty profits at both ends of each deal.

The fierce, confused, inflated thoughts of Corso Navarone exhorted them to be brave, strong, united, gallant, dignified like him.

For a diamond mine to make any profit, the gem diamonds must be sold at reliable, inflated prices.

No, he could see the bigger bulk of the gasbag, not even halfway inflated.

They had retrieved their mounts from the stable master, who had charged them an inflated fee, a common occurrence in Calim-port, and rode through one of the designated routes set aside for intracity travel.

They had retrieved their mounts from the stable master, who had charged them an inflated fee, a common occurrence in Calimport, and rode through one of the designated routes set aside for intracity travel.

The Litz Department of Correction charged a grossly inflated price, which Jeb Stuart Ho paid after a polite period of ritual haggling.

He spent the night in a fever of anticipation, clutching at shards of the elaborate fantasy he had inflated, which Maco had so easily seen and punctured.

Nothingness, which contracted a monstrous and nightmarish debt by inflating, without rhyme or reason, the metagalactic bubble!

He was exploring the parameters of his bubble, which was proving to be about the size of the inflated Moonwalks you can still see at small-town carnivals.