inflated inflated  /ɪnf ˈleɪ təd/

Definition(s):

  1. (adj) enlarged beyond truth or reasonableness
  2. (adj) pretentious (especially with regard to language or ideals)

Usage(s):

  1. They were around in 1773, when England realized that its South Sea Company had falsely inflated its own stock price.
  2. A wheel without an inflated tire may seem old-fashionedthink wooden buggy wheelsbut the Tweel from Michelin is anything but retro.
  3. The good times rolled: as homeownership exploded in the early '00s, the mortgage-bond business inflated Wall Street's bottom line.

News

  1. Former Maverick commissioner admits taking bribes

    DEL RIO — A former Maverick County commissioner whose arrest last year kicked off a flurry of indictments alleging corruption in the border community admitted Tuesday to taking bribes in exchange for handing out construction contracts inflated by hundreds of thousands of dollars. Prosecutors said that in January 2011, he had two associates sell his truck to a member of the Zetas drug cartel in ...
    on June 13, 2013     Source: San Antonio Express-News

  2. A Puffed-up Appeal to Job Fears

    A TV ad opposing the Senate immigration bill uses inflated numbers in an oversimplified, one-sided appeal to fears about job security. The ad claims that Congress is considering “adding 33 million foreign job seekers” when 20 million Americans can’t find a job. Both those numbers are inflated and misleading. Furthermore, … More >>
    on June 13, 2013     Source: FactCheck.org via Yahoo! News

  3. Has Hollywood Gone Frugal? Tips to Save Like Celebs.

    In a recession-scarred economy, even celebrities are spending wisely and using coupons before succumbing to inflated retail prices. Fashion icons Sarah Jessica Parker, Carrie Underwood, and Lady Gaga made BusinessWeek's Most Frugal Celebrities list with their shameless saving strategies. Take a cue from these red carpet cheapskates with their celebrity money-saving tips and tricks.
    on June 13, 2013     Source: LA.com

Quotes

  1. "By allowing Washington Mutual to hand-pick appraisers who inflated values, First American helped set the current mortgage crisis in motion," Cuomo said.
    on Nov 1, 2007 By: Andrew Cuomo Source: Forbes

  2. Obama yesterday said the US would add pressure on China "to make sure that our goods are not artificially inflated in price and their goods" aren't deflated.
    on Feb 4, 2010 By: Barack Obama Source: BusinessWeek

  3. "The gap in the balance sheet has arisen purely on account of inflated profits over a period of last several years," Satyam Chairman Ramalinga Raju said in a statement to stock exchanges on Wednesday.
    on Jan 6, 2009 By: Ramalinga Raju Source: Reuters

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