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English definition of “inflate”

inflate

verb [T] (MAKE GREATER)   /ɪnˈfleɪt/
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 .
(Definition of inflate verb (MAKE GREATER) from the Cambridge Academic Content Dictionary © Cambridge University Press)
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