Definition of deflate verb from the Oxford Advanced Learner's Dictionary

     

    deflate

     verb
    verbVerb Forms present simple I / you / we / they deflate
    BrE BrE//dɪˈfleɪt//
     
    ; NAmE NAmE//dɪˈfleɪt//
     
    ; BrE BrE//ˌdiːˈfleɪt//
     
    ; NAmE NAmE//ˌdiːˈfleɪt//
     
    he / she / it deflates
    BrE BrE//dɪˈfleɪts//
     
    ; NAmE NAmE//dɪˈfleɪts//
     
    ; BrE BrE//ˌdiːˈfleɪts//
     
    ; NAmE NAmE//ˌdiːˈfleɪts//
     
    ; BrE BrE//dɪˈfleɪts//
     
    ; NAmE NAmE//dɪˈfleɪts//
     
    ; BrE BrE//ˌdiːˈfleɪts//
     
    ; NAmE NAmE//ˌdiːˈfleɪts//
     
    past simple deflated
    BrE BrE//dɪˈfleɪtɪd//
     
    ; NAmE NAmE//dɪˈfleɪtɪd//
     
    ; BrE BrE//ˌdiːˈfleɪtɪd//
     
    ; NAmE NAmE//ˌdiːˈfleɪtɪd//
     
    ; BrE BrE//dɪˈfleɪtɪd//
     
    ; NAmE NAmE//dɪˈfleɪtɪd//
     
    ; BrE BrE//ˌdiːˈfleɪtɪd//
     
    ; NAmE NAmE//ˌdiːˈfleɪtɪd//
     
    past participle deflated
    BrE BrE//dɪˈfleɪtɪd//
     
    ; NAmE NAmE//dɪˈfleɪtɪd//
     
    ; BrE BrE//ˌdiːˈfleɪtɪd//
     
    ; NAmE NAmE//ˌdiːˈfleɪtɪd//
     
    ; BrE BrE//dɪˈfleɪtɪd//
     
    ; NAmE NAmE//dɪˈfleɪtɪd//
     
    ; BrE BrE//ˌdiːˈfleɪtɪd//
     
    ; NAmE NAmE//ˌdiːˈfleɪtɪd//
     
    -ing form deflating
    BrE BrE//dɪˈfleɪtɪŋ//
     
    ; NAmE NAmE//dɪˈfleɪtɪŋ//
     
    ; BrE BrE//ˌdiːˈfleɪtɪŋ//
     
    ; NAmE NAmE//ˌdiːˈfleɪtɪŋ//
     
    ; BrE BrE//dɪˈfleɪtɪŋ//
     
    ; NAmE NAmE//dɪˈfleɪtɪŋ//
     
    ; BrE BrE//ˌdiːˈfleɪtɪŋ//
     
    ; NAmE NAmE//ˌdiːˈfleɪtɪŋ//
     
     
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    BrE BrE//dɪˈfleɪt//
     
    ; NAmE NAmE//dɪˈfleɪt//
     
    ; BrE BrE//ˌdiːˈfleɪt//
     
    ; NAmE NAmE//ˌdiːˈfleɪt//
     
    [transitive, intransitive] deflate (something) to let air or gas out of a tyre, balloon, etc.; to become smaller because of air or gas coming out
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    BrE BrE//dɪˈfleɪt//
     
    ; NAmE NAmE//dɪˈfleɪt//
     
    [transitive, often passive] deflate somebody/something to make somebody feel less confident; to make somebody/something feel or seem less important All the criticism had left her feeling totally deflated.
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    BrE BrE//ˌdiːˈfleɪt//
     
    ; NAmE NAmE//ˌdiːˈfleɪt//
     
    [transitive] deflate something (economics) to reduce the amount of money being used in a country so that prices fall or stay steady
  4. compare inflate, reflate
    Word Origin late 19th cent.: from de- (expressing reversal) + -flate (as in inflate).
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