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English definition of “deflate”

deflate

verb uk   /dɪˈfleɪt/ us  

deflate verb (MAKE SMALLER)

[I or T] If something that has air or gas inside it deflates, or is deflated, it becomes smaller because it loses the air or gas: to deflate a balloon/tyreBecoming and making smaller or lessBecoming and making less strong

deflate verb (WEAKEN)

[T often passive] to cause something to become weaker: The party's ambitions have been rather deflated by the two recent by-election defeats.Becoming and making less strong [T often passive] to make someone lose confidence or feel less important: They were totally deflated by losing the match.Humiliating and degrading

deflate verb (MONEY)

[T] to reduce the supply of money in an economyEconomics and the state of the economyValue and price decreases
(Definition of deflate from the Cambridge Advanced Learners Dictionary & Thesaurus © Cambridge University Press)
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