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Topic: BUSINESS

Date: 1400-1500
Language: Latin
Origin: , past participle of inflare, from flare 'to blow'

inflate

verb
     
inflate
in‧flate
1 [intransitive and transitive] to fill something with air or gas so it becomes larger, or to become filled with air or gas:
It took us half an hour to inflate the dinghy.
Her life jacket failed to inflate.
2 [transitive] to make something seem more important or impressive than it really is:
The success further inflated his self-confidence.
be grossly/vastly/hugely inflated
The numbers of people involved have been grossly inflated by the media.
3 [intransitive and transitive] technicalBPE to increase in price or make something increase in price:
Hotels often inflate prices at particular times of the year.
Costs were inflating.
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