In·flate, v. t. [imp. & p. p. Inflated; p. pr. & vb. n. Inflating.]
1. To swell or distend with air or gas; to dilate; to expand; to enlarge; as, to inflate a bladder; to inflate the lungs.
When passion's tumults in the bosom rise,
Inflate the features, and enrage the eyes. --J. Scott of Amwell.
2. Fig.: To swell; to puff up; to elate; as, to inflate one with pride or vanity.
Inflate themselves with some insane delight. --Tennyson.
3. To cause to become unduly expanded or increased; as, to inflate the currency.
1. Filled, as with air or gas; blown up; distended; as, a balloon inflated with gas.
2. Turgid; swelling; puffed up; bombastic; pompous; as, an inflated style.
Inflated and astrut with self-conceit. --Cowper.
3. Bot. Hollow and distended, as a perianth, corolla, nectary, or pericarp.
4. Distended or enlarged fictitiously or without due cause; as, inflated prices; inflated expectations, etc.
adj 1: enlarged beyond truth or reasonableness; "had an exaggerated
(or inflated) opinion of himself"; "a hyperbolic
style" [syn: exaggerated, hyperbolic]
2: expanded by (or as if by) gas or air; "an inflated balloon"
3: pretentious (especially with regard to language or ideals);
"high-flown talk of preserving the moral tone of the
school"; "a high-sounding dissertation on the means to
attain social revolution" [syn: high-flown, high-sounding]
4: increased especially to abnormal levels; "the raised prices
frightened away customers"; "inflated wages"; "an inflated
economy" [syn: raised(a)]