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inflate

verb uk   us   /ɪnˈfleɪt/

inflate verb (FILL WITH AIR)

[I or T] to cause to increase in size by filling with air: He inflated the balloons with helium. We watch the hot-air balloon slowly inflate.

inflate verb (MAKE LARGER)

[T] to make something larger or more important: They inflated their part in the rescue every time they told the story.
(Definition of inflate from the Cambridge Advanced Learners Dictionary & Thesaurus © Cambridge University Press)
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