- v collapse by releasing contained air or gas
deflate a balloon
- v release contained air or gas from
deflate the air mattress
- v reduce or lessen the size or importance of
The bad review of his work deflated his self-confidence
- v produce deflation in
The new measures deflated the economy
- v reduce or cut back the amount or availability of, creating a decline in value or prices
deflate the currency
- v become deflated or flaccid, as by losing air
The balloons deflated
- And Pentagon and intelligence officials hope the high voter turnout in last month's election will deflate the morale of the insurgents and persuade more of them to come in from the .
- 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.
- These financial frenemies go on to suggest that our misguided habits are the root of this overblown "problem," discounting the economic forces that deflate women's earnings in the .
- FRAZIER MOORE in Washington Post
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...
- Paul Dacre in Scotsman
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."
- Kobe Bryant in USA Today
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."