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inflate

in·flate

inflate

 
 
pronunciation:
ihn fleIt
features:
Word Parts
part of speech: verb
inflections: inflated, inflates, inflating
definition 1: to make larger or expand.
Inflate the balloon by blowing into the open end.
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synonyms:
blow up, enlarge
antonyms:
deflate
similar words:
bloat, boost, expand, fill, puff, pump, stretch
definition 2: to become inflated.
The rubber raft inflates in three minutes.
synonyms:
swell
antonyms:
deflate
similar words:
balloon, blow up, enlarge, expand, fill
derivations: inflatable (adj.), inflated (adj.), inflater (inflator) (n.)
Word Parts
The word inflate contains the following part:
flat Latin root that means blow, puff