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Definition of Inflate


  1. Blown in; inflated.
  2. To swell or distend with air or gas; to dilate; to expand; to enlarge; as, to inflate a bladder; to inflate the lungs.
  3. Fig.: To swell; to puff up; to elate; as, to inflate one with pride or vanity.
  4. To cause to become unduly expanded or increased; as, to inflate the currency.
  5. To expand; to fill; to distend.

Inflate Quotations

The purpose of writing is to inflate weak ideas, obscure pure reasoning, and inhibit clarity. With a little practice, writing can be an intimidating and impenetrable fog!
Bill Watterson

I did what I could to inflate the rumor I was on my way to stardom. What I was on my way to, by any mathematical standards known to man, was oblivion, by way of obscurity.
Tallulah Bankhead

Sure, the job of high school teachers is not to tear down students' self-esteem. But it's certainly not to inflate students' sense of self-worth with a bunch of unearned compliments and half-truths.
LZ Granderson

We need to learn... how war brutalises and degrades winners and losers alike and what happens to us when, having heedlessly waged war for no good reason, we are encouraged to inflate and demonise our enemies in order to justify that war's indefinite continuance.
Tony Judt

Disillusionment can come as fast as a gust, but building faith that the government won't inflate again is like building a new sailboat, a project of years.
Amity Shlaes
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Inflate Translations

inflate in Dutch is opblazen
inflate in French is gonflons, gonflez, gonflent
inflate in Norwegian is pumpe opp
inflate in Portuguese is infle
inflate in Spanish is inflar
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