- 1 NAmE//dɪˈfleɪt//, NAmE//ˌdiˈfleɪt//[transitive, intransitive] deflate (something) to let air or gas out of a tire, balloon, etc.; to become smaller because of air or gas coming out
- 2 NAmE//dɪˈfleɪt//[transitive, often passive] deflate somebody/something to make someone feel less confident; to make someone or something feel or seem less important All the criticism had left her feeling totally deflated.
- 3 [transitive] deflate something (economics) to reduce the amount of money being used in a country so that prices fall or stay steady compare inflate, reflate
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