American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition
- adj. Filled or expanded by or as if by gas or air.
- adj. Unduly enlarged or aggrandized; swollen: an inflated estimate; an inflated ego.
- adj. Full of empty or pretentious language; bombastic.
- adj. Raised or expanded to abnormal levels: an inflated economy; inflated wages.
- adj. Hollow and enlarged: an inflated calyx.
Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- Swollen or puffed out by air or gas; hence, in zoology and botany, distended or dilated in every direction, and hollowed out, as if by inflation: as, inflated petioles; inflated bladderwort: applied in conchology to rotund shells of light, thin texture, in contradistinction from ventricose.
- Turgid; bombastic; pompous: as, inflated oratory.
- adj. Filled with air or fluid
- adj. Expanded; in a state of inflation, of abnormally increased size, amount, etc.
- adj. economics : In a state of higher cost.
- adj. figuratively Pompous; arrogant (of a person or ego)
- adj. figuratively Containing excessive, meaningless words, particularly for show
- adj. Higher that the true figure
- v. Simple past tense and past participle of inflate.
GNU Webster's 1913
- adj. Filled, as with air or gas; blown up; distended.
- adj. Turgid; swelling; puffed up; bombastic; pompous.
- adj. (Bot.) Hollow and distended, as a perianth, corolla, nectary, or pericarp.
- adj. Distended or enlarged fictitiously or without due cause
- adj. enlarged beyond truth or reasonableness
- adj. pretentious (especially with regard to language or ideals)
“Wednesday's meeting followed government criticism on Heath, with Manuel questioning what he described as inflated successes claimed by the unit.”
“Earlier this month, former students at New York Law School and Thomas Cooley Law School in Lansing, Mich., filed a class action lawsuit over what they called inflated employment rates.”
“We find people have what we call 'inflated worth of self'.”
“But Roger Salazar, a political consultant who has been directing the effort to defeat the proposal, said that Mr. Holder's statement should reinforce deep concerns about the initiative, including the way it was drafted and what he called inflated claims by its backers of what legalization might do.”
“Arnold Kling uses this explain inflated university tuition.”
“We are only staying so that political egos here can remain inflated, at the cost of American and middle eastern lives.”
“The costs of emergency care for the uninsured get passed on in inflated billing to people who are insured.”
“How much of the $7B was paid in inflated Nortel stock versus cash?”
“The size of the sofa when fully inflated is 180 cm in width and 90cm in height.”
“Does anyone understand why Obama suggesting that people keep their tires properly inflated is some sort of hilarious gaffe?”
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