from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th 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.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • adj. Filled with air or fluid
  • adj. Expanded; in a state of inflation, of abnormally increased size, amount, etc.
  • adj. : In a state of higher cost.
  • adj. Pompous; arrogant (of a person or ego)
  • adj. Containing excessive, meaningless words, particularly for show
  • adj. Higher that the true figure
  • v. Simple past tense and past participle of inflate.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • adj. Filled, as with air or gas; blown up; distended.
  • adj. Turgid; swelling; puffed up; bombastic; pompous.
  • adj. Hollow and distended, as a perianth, corolla, nectary, or pericarp.
  • adj. Distended or enlarged fictitiously or without due cause

from The 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.

from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.

  • adj. enlarged beyond truth or reasonableness
  • adj. pretentious (especially with regard to language or ideals)


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