• A very inflated frog displays herself to other frogs
    A very inflated frog displays herself to other frogs
  • WordNet 3.6
    • v inflate become inflated "The sails ballooned"
    • v inflate fill with gas or air "inflate a balloons"
    • v inflate exaggerate or make bigger "The charges were inflated"
    • v inflate increase the amount or availability of, creating a rise in value "inflate the currency"
    • v inflate cause prices to rise by increasing the available currency or credit "The war inflated the economy"
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Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
  • Interesting fact: The movie "Cleopatra" cost $44 million to make in 1963. The same movie would now cost $300 million to make taking inflation into account
    • p. a Inflate Blown in; inflated.
    • Inflate Fig.: To swell; to puff up; to elate; as, to inflate one with pride or vanity. "Inflate themselves with some insane delight."
    • Inflate To cause to become unduly expanded or increased; as, to inflate the currency.
    • v. i Inflate To expand; to fill; to distend.
    • Inflate To swell or distend with air or gas; to dilate; to expand; to enlarge; as, to inflate a bladder; to inflate the lungs. "When passion's tumults in the bosom rise, Inflate the features, and enrage the eyes."
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Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
  • Interesting fact: There is a certain type of Hawk Moth caterpillar from Brazil that inflates its thorax, which makes its head look like a head of a snake when it feels it is in danger or alarmed
    • inflate To swell or distend by inhaling or injecting air or gas; distend in any manner: as, to infiate the lungs, a bladder, or a balloon.
    • inflate To swell or extend unduly; expand beyond proper or natural limits; raise above the just amount or value: as, to infiate the currency or prices; to inflate the market (that is, the price of marketable commodities, as stocks).
    • inflate To puff out or up; make swollen or turgid.
    • inflate To puff up; elate: as, to inflate one with pride or self-importance.
    • inflate Inflated.
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Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
  • Interesting fact: If the gross for Gone With the Wind were to be adjusted to allow for inflation in the period since its release, it would be regarded as the most successful film ever.
    • v.t Inflate in-flāt′ to swell with air: to puff up, elate
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  • Gerald Barzan
    Gerald Barzan
    “I wasn't affected by inflation, I had nothing to inflate.”
  • Roger Bootle
    Roger Bootle
    “Inflation is determined by money supply growth.”
  • Milton Friedman
    “Inflation is one form of taxation that can be imposed without legislation.”
  • Leon Henderson
    Leon Henderson
    “Having a little inflation is like being a little pregnant.”
  • Robert Orben
    Robert Orben
    “Inflation is the crabgrass in your savings.”
  • Marty Ragaway
    Marty Ragaway
    “One good thing can be said for inflation: without it there would be no football.”


Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
L. inflatus, p. p. of inflare, to inflate; pref. in-, in + flare, to blow. See Blow to puff wind
Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
L. inflāre, -ātumin, into, flāre, to blow.


In literature:

They drove out to the balloon, which was down by the gas-works, and was now in process of inflation.
"Tales from Many Sources" by Various
Nine-tenths of our politicians become inflated and careless, after the first few years, and are easily forgotten when they once lose place.
"Short Story Classics (American) Vol. 2" by Various
The jockey seemed to explode after the fashion of an over-inflated ball.
"The Killer" by Stewart Edward White
When bicycle tires are being inflated, the pump becomes hot because of the compression of the air.
"General Science" by Bertha M. Clark
The inflated system of dating which places Mena of Egypt as far back as 5500 B.C.
"Myths of Babylonia and Assyria" by Donald A. Mackenzie
How miserably, how meanly, has he closed his inflated career!
"Memoir, Correspondence, And Miscellanies, From The Papers Of Thomas Jefferson" by Thomas Jefferson
The style of these 'Dialogues' is not quite so absurd as that of the 'Meditations,' but still it is inflated enough.
"The English Church in the Eighteenth Century" by Charles J. Abbey and John H. Overton
The Confederate currency, inflated to the bursting point, had utterly collapsed and was as worthless as waste paper.
"History of the United States" by Charles A. Beard and Mary R. Beard
One night the tenor planted himself in his usual attitude, inflated his chest, opened his mouth; but the note would not come.
"Great Singers, Second Series" by George T. Ferris
For pillows inflated rubber bags were used.
"The Meadow-Brook Girls in the Hills" by Janet Aldridge

In poetry:

What youthful dreams of high renown
Bade me inflate the parson's gown,
That went not up, nor yet came down?
"Avitor" by Francis Bret Harte
Wealth, well fawn'd on, and — well-hated;
Want,— with brutal malice mated;
And, to teach the twain,
Shallow priestcraft, self-inflated,
Dreary, dull, and vain!
"Country Life" by Martin Farquhar Tupper
We falter, half-rebuked, and sing again.
We chant thy desertness and haggard gloom,
Or with thy splendid wrath inflate the strain,
Or touch it with thy colour and perfume.
"Wordsworth's Grave" by William Watson
SPLENDOR of ended day, floating and filling me!
Hour prophetic—hour resuming the past!
Inflating my throat—you, divine average!
You, Earth and Life, till the last ray gleams, I sing.
"Song At Sunset" by Walt Whitman
His eyeball it gleamed like a furnace of coke;
He boldly inflated his clothes as he spoke;
He daringly felt for the corks on his chest,
And he recklessly tightened the belt at his breast.
"Brave Alum Bey" by William Schwenck Gilbert
O the orator's joys!
To inflate the chest—to roll the thunder of the voice out from the
ribs and throat,
To make the people rage, weep, hate, desire, with yourself,
To lead America—to quell America with a great tongue.
"Poems Of Joys" by Walt Whitman

In news:

Poised between a Japan-like depression and inflation and stagnation, a careful course is necessary to correct the economy.
Abby Oberlitner, 11, makes her way through the inflatable obstacle course on North Street at the Immaculate Conception summer festival on Sunday in Kenton.
Health care costs appear to be coming down with a sickness, one that is presenting as the return of inflation that managed care was supposed to cure.
India's rupee headed for its first monthly decline this year amid concern persisting inflation and the trade deficit will deter foreign investors.
Bloomberg on Cherry-Picking Executive "Peers" to Inflate Pay.
Bloomberg News has a good piece on how companies inflate CEO pay by comparing them to "peers" that are out of their league.
Let's inflate bigger, better together.
Schools in the Tyler area and all over East Texas have purchased the tunnels and mascots, which come in a package about the size of a medium suitcase, and are inflated in just a few minutes, Ms.
Facebook "likes" inflate more than ego.
Community college districts' bonds inflate taxpayers' repayments.
Tires can't self- inflate , so what's going on here.
Indonesia's Robust Demand to Lift Inflation Rate , OECD Says.
Sara Eisen reports today's top headlines, including China's inflation rate declines, Boeing wins a $7.2 billion order for its 737 MAX and the efforts to create a regulatory agency that will oversee Europe's biggest banks.
Brazil's June Inflation Rate Declines to Lowest Since 2010.
Higher gas prices push inflation rate increase to 10-month high.

In science:

Paál G., Horváth I. & Lukács B. 1992: Inflation and Compactification from Galaxy Redshifts?.
On a Possible Indicator of Homogeneity of the Universe
Thus we see that q is constant. The sign of q indicates whether the model inflates or not.
Bianchi Type V Matter Filled Universe with Varying Lambda Term in General Relativity
However, the inflation rate is not subtracted from the Dow in this work.
Analysis of the trends in the index of the Dow Jones Industrial Average (DJIA) of the New York Stock Exchange (NYSE)
Barnes does not challenge this essential point, but rather goes into detail on the problems of inflation, showing that it could be wrong.
Defending The Fallacy of Fine-Tuning
Tube is designed from inflatable toroids 13.
Extraction of Freshwater and Energy from Atmosphere