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1 a [+ object] : to add air or gas to (something, such as a tire or a balloon) and make it larger

We used a pump to inflate the raft.

inflate [=blow up] a balloon

b [no object] : to become larger by being filled with air or gas

The balloon slowly inflated.

— opposite DEFLATE

2 [+ object]

a : to think or say that (something) is larger or more important than it really is

His memoirs inflate [=exaggerate] his contributions to the war effort.

b : to cause (a person's ego, reputation, etc.) to become too large or great

All the publicity was inflating his ego. [=was making him too proud and conceited]

3 : to increase prices, costs, etc., in a way that is not normal or expected

[+ object]

Economists warn that rapid economic growth could inflate prices.

Increased competition has inflated salaries among professional athletes.

[no object]

Rapid economic growth may cause prices to inflate.

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