American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition
- v. To fill (something) with air or gas so as to make it swell.
- v. To enlarge or amplify unduly or improperly; aggrandize.
- v. To raise or expand abnormally or improperly. See Synonyms at exaggerate.
- v. To cause (a currency or an economy) to undergo inflation.
- v. To become inflated.
Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- To swell or distend by inhaling or injecting air or gas; distend in any manner: as, to infiate the lungs, a bladder, or a balloon.
- To swell or extend unduly; expand beyond proper or natural limits; raise above the just amount or value: as, to infiate the currency or prices; to inflate the market (that is, the price of marketable commodities, as stocks).
- To puff out or up; make swollen or turgid.
- To puff up; elate: as, to inflate one with pride or self-importance.
- v. transitive To enlarge an object by pushing air (or a gas) into it; to raise or expand abnormally
- v. intransitive To enlarge by filling with air (or a gas).
GNU Webster's 1913
- adj. Blown in; inflated.
- v. To swell or distend with air or gas; to dilate; to expand; to enlarge
- v. Fig.: To swell; to puff up; to elate.
- v. To cause to become unduly expanded or increased.
- v. To expand; to fill; to distend.
- v. increase the amount or availability of, creating a rise in value
- v. become inflated
- v. fill with gas or air
- v. cause prices to rise by increasing the available currency or credit
- v. exaggerate or make bigger
- Latin īnflātus, from the verb īnflō. (Wiktionary)
- Middle English inflaten, from Latin īnflāre, īnflāt- : in-, in; see in-2 + flāre, to blow; see bhlē- in Indo-European roots. (American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)
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