deflate deflate  /dɪf ˈleɪt/


  1. (v) collapse by releasing contained air or gas
  2. (v) release contained air or gas from
  3. (v) reduce or lessen the size or importance of
  4. (v) produce deflation in
  5. (v) reduce or cut back the amount or availability of, creating a decline in value or prices
  6. (v) become deflated or flaccid, as by losing air


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  1. A more palatable interpretation is that if the Fed is going to step in to prevent panics, it needs to do more to deflate the bubbles that inevitably precede those panics.
  2. It is justly proud of 97 vocational-technical schools worldwide, which deflate the myth that Opus serves only the rich.


  1. Cops get refresher on stop sticks

    Devices used to deflate tires in chases
    on June 15, 2013     Source: The Youngstown Vindicator

  2. Could Rising Rates Deflate the Housing Rebound?

    Could Rising Rates Deflate the Housing Rebound?        
    on June 14, 2013     Source: The Motley Fool

  3. Stocks Drop as Stimulus Hopes Ebb

    Stocks deflate as investor hopes of more global monetary stimulus wane, TheStreet's Joe Deaux reports.        
    on June 12, 2013     Source:


  1. "He always brings some needed irreverence and smarts to pretty much anything he does," Moore said. "The Oscars are an often very pretentious, self-important institution, and somebody like Jon Stewart is very useful to help deflate a little of...
    on Sep 12, 2007 By: FRAZIER MOORE Source: Washington Post

  2. "His scoops were the stuff of legend and his zest for life inexhaustible," Dacre said. "He liked nothing more than to deflate the egos of the idle rich and puncture the pomposity of the powerful."
    on Jul 12, 2007 By: Paul Dacre Source: Scotsman

  3. "It was a 13-point game and I could feel a surge coming," said Bryant. "That shot, I knew if I was able to knock it down it would deflate them a little bit and buy us another minute, and that's why I did that."
    on Jun 14, 2009 By: Kobe Bryant Source: USA Today

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