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inflate

in·flate

inflate

 
 
pronunciation:
ihn fleIt
parts of speech:
transitive verb, intransitive verb
features:
Word Parts
part of speech: transitive verb
inflections: inflated, inflates, inflating
definition 1: to enlarge, expand, or distend.
Inflate the balloon by blowing into the open end.
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synonyms:
blow up, distend, enlarge, swell
antonyms:
deflate
similar words:
aggrandize, bloat, boost, dilate, expand, fill, puff, pump, stretch
definition 2: to cause to feel elated, as with pride or joy.
synonyms:
elate, swell
antonyms:
deflate
similar words:
animate, excite, exhilarate, flatter, puff
definition 3: to raise (the general price level), as by deliberate government action.
antonyms:
deflate
similar words:
increase, raise
definition 4: to cause to seem larger or more important than reality warrants; exaggerate.
synonyms:
exaggerate, magnify
antonyms:
downgrade
similar words:
amplify, augment, bloat, blow up, embellish, embroider, hyperbolize, overdraw, overstate
 
part of speech: intransitive verb
definition: to become inflated.
The rubber raft inflates quickly.
synonyms:
swell
antonyms:
deflate
similar words:
balloon, bloat, blow up, distend, enlarge, expand, fill, rise
derivations: inflatable (adj.), inflated (adj.), inflater (inflator) (n.)
Word Parts
The word inflate contains the following part:
flat Latin root that means blow, puff