inflate inflate  /ɪnf ˈleɪt/


  1. (v) exaggerate or make bigger
  2. (v) fill with gas or air
  3. (v) cause prices to rise by increasing the available currency or credit
  4. (v) increase the amount or availability of, creating a rise in value
  5. (v) become inflated



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  1. That's about 90 people finding love every day, a track record bound to inflate expectations.
  2. That's about 90 people finding love every day, a track record bound to inflate expectations.
  3. As the bags inflate, they provide added support for your back, arms and legs.


  1. More easy money’s on the way

    The big story yesterday was supposed to be Ben Bernanke’s signal to the markets about future Fed policy — whether he’ll scale it back, or just go on printing money to keep interest rates super-low and inflate the economy. But that’s basically a false drama, fueled largely by...
    on June 20, 2013     Source: New York Post

  2. Senators Find Money in ... Helium?

    What can you do with helium other than inflate balloons? If you're the Senate, apparently you can fund rural schools and the cleanup of old oil wells.
    on June 19, 2013     Source: CQ Politics

  3. Dirty Spuds? Alleged Potato Cartel Accused Of Price Fixing

    A civil lawsuit that shifted into U.S. district court in Idaho last week alleges that the United Potato Growers of America has become a veritable OPEC of spuds. The group is accused of using high-tech, strong-arm tactics to inflate potato prices.
    on June 19, 2013     Source: NPR


  1. "My opponent doesn't want to drill. He doesn't want nuclear power. He wants you to inflate your tires," McCain said of Obama, who suggested the fuel-saving tip last week.
    on Aug 5, 2008 By: John McCain Source: International Herald Tribune

  2. Mr. Obama said in a statement the amendment "would carve out a special exemption for these lenders that would allow them to inflate rates, insert hidden fees into the fine print of paperwork, and include expensive add-ons that catch purchasers by...
    on May 12, 2010 By: Barack Obama Source: Wall Street Journal

  3. She said: "Multilateral interchange fee agreements such as MasterCard's inflate the cost of card acceptance by retailers. Consumers foot the bill, as they risk paying twice for payment cards: once through annual fees to their bank and a second time...
    on Jun 14, 2010 By: Neelie Kroes Source: Times Online

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