deflate Meaning in the Cambridge English Dictionary

Meaning of “deflate” in the English Dictionary

"deflate" in British English

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uk   us   /dɪˈfleɪt/

deflate verb (MAKE SMALLER)

[I or T] If something that has ​air or ​gas inside it deflates, or is deflated, it ​becomessmaller because it ​loses the ​air or ​gas: to deflate a ​balloon/​tyre

deflate verb (WEAKEN)

[T often passive] to ​cause something to ​becomeweaker: The party's ​ambitions have been deflated by the two ​recentby-electiondefeats. [T often passive] to make someone ​loseconfidence or ​feel less ​important: They were ​totally deflated by ​losing the ​game.

deflate verb (MONEY)

[T] to ​reduce the ​supply of ​money in an ​economy
(Definition of deflate from the Cambridge Advanced Learner’s Dictionary & Thesaurus © Cambridge University Press)

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deflateverb [I/T]

 us   /dɪˈfleɪt/
to ​allowair or ​gas to ​escape from within a ​container: [T] When the ​roads are ​icy, you may have to deflate ​yourtires a ​bit. fig. Someone or something that is deflated ​suddenlyfeels or is ​considered less ​important: [T] The ​allegations deflate the ​respectpeople have for the ​presidency.
(Definition of deflate from the Cambridge Academic Content Dictionary © Cambridge University Press)

"deflate" in Business English

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deflateverb [I or T]

uk   us   /dɪˈfleɪt/
ECONOMICS when an ​economy deflates or is deflated, ​pricesfall and there is a ​reduction in ​wages and ​governmentspending, and ​lowlevels of ​growth: The ​chancellor will have to ​keeprates high and deflate the ​economy to ​keep the lid on ​prices and ​finance the ​tradedeficit. The fear is that ​economies fueled by ​aiddollars will deflate after ​internationalagenciesleave.
to ​reduce the ​value or ​price of something, or to become less ​valuable or ​expensive: Some ​people are angry, arguing that the ​state has artificially deflated ​housingvalues in the ​area. Over the past ten ​years, telecom ​prices have deflated by 50% while ​levels of ​competition have never been more intense.
(Definition of deflate from the Cambridge Business English Dictionary © Cambridge University Press)
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