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"balloon" in British English

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balloonnoun [C]

uk   /bəˈluːn/  us   /bəˈluːn/
A2 a ​small, very ​thinrubberbag that you ​blowair into or ​fill with a ​lightgas until it is round in ​shape, used for ​decoration at ​parties or as a children's ​toy: We ​tied balloons and ​streamers to the ​ceilingready for the ​party.
(also hot-air balloon) a very ​large balloon that is ​filled with ​hotair or ​gas and can ​carrypeople in a ​basket (= ​opencontainer )hanging under it: People first ​flew in a balloon in 1783.

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balloonverb [I]

uk   /bəˈluːn/  us   /bəˈluːn/
(Definition of balloon from the Cambridge Advanced Learner’s Dictionary & Thesaurus © Cambridge University Press)

"balloon" in American English

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balloonnoun [C]

 us   /bəˈlun/
a ​small, ​thin, ​rubberbag that you can ​fill with ​air or another ​gas until it is round in ​shape, often used for ​decoration at ​parties or as a child’s ​toy
A balloon is also a very ​large, round ​containerfilled with a ​gas that can ​rise in the ​air and ​carrypeopleriding under it in an ​attachedbox.

balloonverb [I]

 us   /bəˈlun/
to ​becomelarger, esp. ​quickly: The ​rumorssoon ballooned into (= ​quicklybecame) a ​full-grownscandal.
(Definition of balloon from the Cambridge Academic Content Dictionary © Cambridge University Press)

"balloon" in Business English

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balloonnoun [C]

uk   us   /bəˈluːn/ FINANCE
a ​type of ​loan that is ​paid back in ​regularsmallpayments with a ​final larger ​payment: What we're seeing are interest-only, balloon ​mortgages with no ​money down. Only ​select a balloon over an ​adjustableratemortgage if you are sure that you will be able to ​meet the ​finalpayment.
a balloon payment : Some borrowers may not be ​informed that balloon ​payments lurk ​ahead.

balloonverb [I]

uk   us   /bəˈluːn/
to quickly ​increase in ​size or ​importance: The ​decline in ​sales to America caused the ​goodstradedeficit to balloon to a ​record £4 ​billion.
(Definition of balloon from the Cambridge Business English Dictionary © Cambridge University Press)
Translations of “balloon”
in Korean 풍선…
in Arabic بالون, مِنْطاد…
in Malaysian belon…
in French ballon…
in Russian воздушный шар…
in Chinese (Traditional) 氣球, 熱氣球, (漫畫中的)話泡泡…
in Italian palloncino…
in Turkish balon…
in Polish balonik, balon…
in Spanish globo…
in Vietnamese kinh khí cầu…
in Portuguese balão…
in Thai ลูกโป่ง, ลูกบอลลูน…
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…
in Indonesian balon…
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