- (transitive) To enlarge an object by pushing air (or a gas) into it; to raise or expand abnormally
- You inflate a balloon by blowing air into it.
- 1782, John Scott of Amwell, An Essay on Painting
- When passion's tumults in the bosom rise, / Inflate the features, and enrage the eyes.
- (intransitive) To enlarge by filling with air (or a gas).
- The balloon will inflate if you blow into it.
- (figuratively) To swell; to puff up.
- to inflate somebody with pride or vanity
- (transitive, computing) To decompress (data) that was previously deflated.
to enlarge the volume occupied by an object
to enlarge a volume
to enlarge by filling with gas
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Translations to be checked
- inflate in Charlton T. Lewis and Charles Short (1879) A Latin Dictionary, Oxford: Clarendon Press
- inflate in Charlton T. Lewis (1891) An Elementary Latin Dictionary, New York: Harper & Brothers
- inflate in Charles du Fresne du Cange’s Glossarium Mediæ et Infimæ Latinitatis (augmented edition, 1883–1887)
- inflate in Gaffiot, Félix (1934) Dictionnaire Illustré Latin-Français, Hachette