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"inflate" in British English

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inflateverb

uk   us   /ɪnˈfleɪt/
  • inflate verb (MAKE LARGER)

[T] to make something ​larger or more ​important: They inflated ​theirpart in the ​rescue every ​time they told the ​story.
(Definition of inflate from the Cambridge Advanced Learner’s Dictionary & Thesaurus © Cambridge University Press)

"inflate" in American English

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inflateverb

 us   /ɪnˈfleɪt/
  • inflate verb (FILL WITH AIR)

[I/T] to ​cause an ​object to ​increase in ​size and ​shape by ​filling it with ​air or ​gas, or (of an ​object) to ​becomelarger as a ​result of this ​process: [T] to inflate ​balloons [I] Air ​bags in ​cars are ​designed to inflate ​automatically on ​impact.
  • inflate verb (MAKE GREATER)

[T] to make a ​number or ​valuehigher or ​greater than it should be, or to make something ​seem more ​important than it really is: Company ​officialsmisled the ​public in ​order to inflate the ​value of the company’s ​stock. The ​story was inflated by the ​media.
(Definition of inflate from the Cambridge Academic Content Dictionary © Cambridge University Press)

"inflate" in Business English

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inflateverb

uk   us   /ɪnˈfleɪt/
[I or T] to ​increase the ​value or ​price of something, or to become more ​valuable or ​expensive: People who ​bought homes ​years ago have seen the ​values inflate and ​propertytaxesrise with the ​inflation. Weak ​exportsales have helped to inflate ​inventories.
[T] to make a ​number, ​price, or ​valuehigher than it should be or than is ​reasonable, sometimes in ​order to ​deceivepeople: Insurers fear that ​people will make up or inflate ​claims.
(Definition of inflate from the Cambridge Business English Dictionary © Cambridge University Press)
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