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From: DICT.TW English-Chinese Dictionary 英漢字典

 in·fla·tion /ɪnˈfleʃən/

From: DICT.TW English-Chinese Medical Dictionary 英漢醫學字典

 in·fla·tion /ɪnˈfleʃən/ 名詞

From: Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary (1913)

 In·fla·tion n.
 1. The act or process of inflating, or the state of being inflated, as with air or gas; distention; expansion; enlargement.
 2. The state of being puffed up, as with pride; conceit; vanity.
 3. Persistent expansion or increase in the general level of prices, usually caused by overissue of currency, and resulting in a reduced value of the currency.  It is contrasted with deflation, and is when it occurs to a very high degree is called hyperinflation. [U.S.]

From: WordNet (r) 2.0

      n 1: a general and progressive increase in prices; "in inflation
           everything gets more valuable except money" [syn: rising
           prices] [ant: deflation, disinflation]
      2: (cosmology) a brief exponential expansion of the universe
         (faster than the speed of light) postulated to have
         occurred shortly after the big bang
      3: lack of elegance as a consequence of being pompous and
         puffed up with vanity [syn: ostentation, ostentatiousness,
          pomposity, pompousness, pretentiousness, splashiness]
      4: the act of filling something with air [ant: deflation]