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inflate

  

      vb  
1    to expand or cause to expand by filling with gas or air  
2    tr   to cause to increase excessively; puff up; swell  
to inflate one's opinion of oneself     
3    tr   to cause inflation of (prices, money, etc.)  
4    tr   to raise in spirits; elate  
5    intr   to undergo economic inflation  
     (C16: from Latin inflare to blow into, from flare to blow)  
  inflatedly      adv  
  inflatedness      n  
  inflater, inflator      n  
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inflate

  
  
aerate, aggrandize, amplify, balloon, bloat, blow up, boost, dilate, distend, enlarge, escalate, exaggerate, expand, increase, puff up or out, pump up, swell  
  
Antonyms     
   collapse, compress, contract, deflate, diminish, lessen, shrink  

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