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balloonnoun [C]

uk   /bəˈluːn/ us   /bəˈluːn/
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.

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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, rubber bag 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 container filled with a gas that can rise in the air and carry people riding under it in an attached box.

balloonverb [I]

us   /bəˈlun/
to become larger, esp. quickly: The rumors soon ballooned into (= quickly became) a full-grown scandal.
(Definition of balloon from the Cambridge Academic Content Dictionary © Cambridge University Press)

"balloon" in Business English

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balloonnoun [C]

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

balloonverb [I]

uk   /bəˈluːn/ us  
to quickly increase in size or importance: The decline in sales to America caused the goods trade deficit 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, hincharse, aumentar…
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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