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from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition.

  • adjective Much bigger than desired.
  • adjective Medicine Swollen or distended beyond normal size by fluid or gaseous material.

from The Century Dictionary.

  • Swollen; puffed up; inflated; overgrown, so as to be unwieldy, especially from over-indulgence in eating and drinking; pampered: as, “a bloated mass,”
  • Connected with or arising from self-indulgence: as, “bloated slumber,”
  • Inordinately swollen in amount, possessions, self-esteem, etc.; puffed up with pride or wealth: as, a bloated estate; bloated capitalists; a bloated pretender.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English.

  • adjective Distended beyond the natural or usual size, as by the presence of water, serum, etc.; turgid; swollen. Also, puffed up with pride; pompous.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License.

  • verb Simple past tense and past participle of bloat.
  • adjective Swollen with fluid or gas.
  • adjective Excessively or extremely large or wealthy.
  • adjective computing Describing software which is overloaded with features, known as bloatware.
  • adjective of food Slightly salted and lightly smoked (as in bloated herring).

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  • Previous administrations have long been criticized for cutting what they called a "bloated" central office only to add more bureaucracy with higher-paying salaries.

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  • He took aim at what he called a bloated bureaucracy, wasteful business practices and too many generals and admirals, and outlined an ambitious plan for reform that's almost certain to stir opposition in the corridors of Congress and Pentagon.

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  • He took aim what he called a bloated bureaucracy, wasteful business practices and too many generals and admirals, and outlined an ambitious plan for reform that's almost certain to stir opposition in the corridors of Congress and Pentagon.

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  • He took aim at what he called a bloated bureaucracy, wasteful business practices and too many generals and admirals, and outlined an ambitious plan for reform that's almost certain to stir opposition in the corridors of Congress and Pentagon.

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  • He took aim what he called a bloated bureaucracy, wasteful business practices and too many generals and admirals, and outlined an ambitious plan for reform that's almost certain to stir opposition in the corridors of Congress and Pentagon.

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  • He took aim at what he called a bloated bureaucracy, wasteful business practices and too many generals and admirals, and outlined an ambitious plan for reform that's almost certain to stir opposition in the corridors of Congress and

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  • Republicans contend that all of that, coupled with high property taxes and what they describe as a bloated county government, will work in their favor this election cycle.

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  • He took aim at what he called a bloated bureaucracy, wasteful business practices and too many generals and admirals, and outlined an ambitious plan for reform that's almost certain to stir opposition in the corridors of Congress and Pentagon.

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  • Republicans contend that all of that, coupled with high property taxes and what they describe as a bloated county government, will work in their favor this election cycle.

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  • The European Union's executive body will recommend cuts in what it calls bloated and over-subsidized fishing fleets when it publishes a report Wednesday on Europe's fishing future.

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