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inflate

verb  us   /ɪnˈfleɪt/

inflate verb (FILL WITH AIR)

[I/T] to cause an object to increase in size and shape by filling it with air or gas, or (of an object) to become larger as a result of this process: [T] to inflate balloons [I] Air bags in cars are designed to inflate automatically on impact.

inflate verb (MAKE GREATER)

[T] to make a number or value higher or greater than it should be, or to make something seem more important than it really is: Company officials misled the public in order to inflate the value of the company’s stock. The story was inflated by the media.
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