Part of speech: adverb


Part of speech: verb

To puff up, as with air; swell; elate; expand.

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Usage examples "inflate":

  1. I recall, as I write, isolated moments of exasperation- when, for instance, he sat, singing a hymn, kicking up the dust with his heels, when we were trying to inflate ourselves with worthy feelings on the contemplation of Babylon, awed by the silence and desolation of the scene around us. - "By Desert Ways to Baghdad", Louisa Jebb.
  2. When a man wants to sleep, he'll inflate this thing, and it will hold him in his bunk. - "Space Platform", Murray Leinster.
  3. These ingenious persons carried it within doors, and having wished to fully inflate it- half the gas having by this time escaped- they applied a pair of bellows to its mouth. - "Wonderful Balloon Ascents or, the Conquest of the Skies", Fulgence Marion.