American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition
- v. To release contained air or gas from.
- v. To collapse by releasing contained air or gas.
- v. To reduce or lessen the size or importance of: Losing the contest deflated my ego.
- v. Economics To reduce the amount or availability of (currency or credit), effecting a decline in prices.
- v. Economics To produce deflation in (an economy).
- v. To be or become deflated: The balloon deflated slowly.
Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- To remove the air from: the opposite of inflate.
- v. transitive To cause an object to decrease or become smaller in some parameter, e.g. to shrink
- v. transitive (economics) To reduce the amount of available currency or credit and thus lower prices.
- v. intransitive To become deflated.
- v. transitive To let down or disappoint.
GNU Webster's 1913
- v. To reduce from an inflated condition; used literally and metaphorically.
- v. release contained air or gas from
- v. reduce or cut back the amount or availability of, creating a decline in value or prices
- v. produce deflation in
- v. become deflated or flaccid, as by losing air
- v. collapse by releasing contained air or gas
- v. reduce or lessen the size or importance of
- de- + (in)flate. (American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)
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