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balloon

noun [C] uk   /bəˈluːn/ us  
A2 a small, very thin rubber bag that you blow air into or fill with a light gas until it is round in shape, used for decoration at parties or as a children's toy: We tied balloons and streamers to the ceiling ready for the party. ( also hot-air balloon) a very large balloon that is filled with hot air or gas and can carry people in a basket (= open container ) hanging under it: People first flew in a balloon in 1783. a speech bubble
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balloon

verb [I] uk   /bəˈluːn/ us  
to get bigger and rounder: I ballooned when I was pregnant with my second baby. to quickly increase in size, weight, or importance: The rumours soon ballooned into a full-blown scandal.
Translations of “balloon”
in Korean 풍선…
in Arabic بالون, مِنْطاد…
in French ballon…
in Turkish balon…
in Italian palloncino…
in Chinese (Traditional) 氣球, 熱氣球, (漫畫中的)話泡泡…
in Russian воздушный шар…
in Polish balonik, balon…
in Spanish globo…
in Portuguese balão…
in German der Luftballon…
in Catalan globus…
in Japanese ふうせん…
in Chinese (Simplified) 气球, 热气球, (漫画中的)话泡泡…
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