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Definition of 'deflate'

Verb

  1. collapse by releasing contained air or gas; "deflate a balloon"
  2. release contained air or gas from; "deflate the air mattress"
  3. reduce or lessen the size or importance of; "The bad review of his work deflated his self-confidence"
       Synonyms: puncture
  4. produce deflation in; "The new measures deflated the economy"
       Antonyms: inflate
  5. reduce or cut back the amount or availability of, creating a decline in value or prices; "deflate the currency"
       Antonyms: inflate
  6. become deflated or flaccid, as by losing air; "The balloons deflated"
       Antonyms: inflate blow up


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