Meaning of inflate

in•flate

Pronunciation: (in-flāt'), [key]
— v., -flat•ed, -flat•ing.
—v.t.
  1. to distend; swell or puff out; dilate: The king cobra inflates its hood.
  2. to cause to expand or distend with air or gas: to inflate a balloon.
  3. to puff up with pride, satisfaction, etc.
  4. to elate.
  5. to expand (money, prices, an economy, etc.) unduly in amount, value, or size; affect with inflation.
—v.i.
  1. to become inflated.
  2. to increase, esp. suddenly and substantially: The $10 subscription has inflated to $25.
Random House Unabridged Dictionary, Copyright © 1997, by Random House, Inc., on Infoplease.
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