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in•flate



Pronunciation: (in-flāt'), [key]
v., -flat•ed, -flat•ing.


v.t.
1. to distend; swell or puff out; dilate: The king cobra inflates its hood.
2. to cause to expand or distend with air or gas: to inflate a balloon.
3. to puff up with pride, satisfaction, etc.
4. to elate.
5. Econ.to expand (money, prices, an economy, etc.) unduly in amount, value, or size; affect with inflation.

v.i.
1. to become inflated.
2. to increase, esp. suddenly and substantially: The $10 subscription has inflated to $25.

Random House Unabridged Dictionary, Copyright © 1997, by Random House, Inc., on Infoplease.

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