- 1[transitive, intransitive] inflate (something) to fill something or become filled with gas or air Inflate your life jacket by pulling sharply on the cord. The balloons had been inflated with helium. When attacked, the fish inflates itself to twice its size. The life jacket failed to inflate. The dinghy was in the water, fully inflated.
- 2[transitive] inflate something to make something appear to be more important or impressive than it really is The media have grossly inflated the significance of this meeting.
- 3[transitive, intransitive] inflate (something) to increase the price of something; to increase in price The principal effect of the demand for new houses was to inflate prices. The profit margin had been artificially inflated. Food prices are no longer inflating at the same rate as last year. compare deflate, reflate Word Origin late Middle English: from Latin inflat-
BrE BrE//ɪnˈfleɪt//; NAmE NAmE//ɪnˈfleɪt//Verb Forms present simple I / you / we / they inflate
BrE BrE//ɪnˈfleɪt//; NAmE NAmE//ɪnˈfleɪt//he / she / it inflates
BrE BrE//ɪnˈfleɪts//; NAmE NAmE//ɪnˈfleɪts//past simple inflated
BrE BrE//ɪnˈfleɪtɪd//; NAmE NAmE//ɪnˈfleɪtɪd//past participle inflated
BrE BrE//ɪnˈfleɪtɪd//; NAmE NAmE//ɪnˈfleɪtɪd//-ing form inflating
BrE BrE//ɪnˈfleɪtɪŋ//; NAmE NAmE//ɪnˈfleɪtɪŋ//