• (British, America) enPR: ĭn-flāt', IPA: /ɪnˈfleɪt/

inflate (inflates, present participle inflating; past and past participle inflated)

  1. (transitive) To enlarge an object by pushing air (or a gas) into it; to raise or expand abnormally
    You inflate a balloon by blowing air into it.
    • When passion's tumults in the bosom rise, / Inflate the features, and enrage the eyes.
  2. (intransitive) To enlarge by filling with air (or a gas).
    The balloon will inflate if you blow into it.
  3. (figurative) To swell; to puff up.
    to inflate somebody with pride or vanity
    • ?, Alfred Tennyson, Merlin and Vivien
      Inflate themselves with some insane delight.
  4. (transitive, computing) To decompress (data) that was previously deflated.
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