AskDefine | Define inflate

Dictionary Definition



1 fill with gas or air; "inflate a balloons" [syn: blow up] [ant: deflate]
2 exaggerate or make bigger; "The charges were inflated" [syn: blow up, expand, amplify]
3 cause prices to rise by increasing the available currency or credit; "The war inflated the economy" [ant: deflate]
4 increase the amount or availability of, creating a rise in value; "inflate the currency" [ant: deflate]
5 become inflated; "The sails ballooned" [syn: balloon, billow]

User Contributed Dictionary




  1. To enlarge an object by pushing air (or a gas) into it.
    You inflate a balloon by blowing air into it.
  2. To enlarge by filling with air (or a gas).
    The balloon will inflate if you blow into it.



To enlarge an object by pushing air (or a gas) into it
To enlarge by filling with air

Related terms

Extensive Definition

Inflate can refer to:
  • Inflation, the increase in prices of goods over a period of time.
  • Cosmic inflation, the theory relating to the expansion of the universe.
  • Inflatable, anything designed to expand with the insertion of air
  • INFLATE, the algorithm that reverses DEFLATE compression.

Synonyms, Antonyms and Related Words

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