1470–80; < Latin inflātus past participle of inflāre to blow on or into, puff out, equivalent to in- in-2 + flā- blow2 + -tus past participle suffix (Source: dictionary.com)
Definitions of Inflator
verb (used with object)
- to distend; swell or puff out; dilate:
- to cause to expand or distend with air or gas:
- to puff up with pride, satisfaction, etc.
- to elate.
- Economics. to expand (money, prices, an economy, etc.) unduly in amount, value, or size; affect with inflation.
verb (used without object)
- to become inflated.
- to increase, especially suddenly and substantially:
- to expand or cause to expand by filling with gas or airshe needed to inflate the tyres
- (tr) to cause to increase excessively; puff up; swellto inflate one's opinion of oneself
- (tr) to cause inflation of (prices, money, etc)
- (tr) to raise in spirits; elate
- (intr) to undergo economic inflation
- : to swell or distend with air or gas
- : to puff up : elate inflate one's ego
- : to expand or increase abnormally or imprudently
- : to become inflated
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