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Meaning of INFLATION

Pronunciation:  in'fleyshun

WordNet Dictionary
  1. [n]  the act of filling something with air
  2. [n]  lack of elegance as a consequence of being pompous and puffed up with vanity
  3. [n]  (cosmology) a brief exponential expansion of the universe (faster than the speed of light) postulated to have occurred shortly after the big bang
  4. [n]  a general and progressive increase in prices; "in inflation everything gets more valuable except money"

INFLATION is a 9 letter word that starts with I.


 Synonyms: ostentation, ostentatiousness, pomposity, pompousness, pretentiousness, rising prices, splashiness
 Antonyms: deflation, deflation, disinflation
 See Also: cost-pull inflation, demand-pull inflation, detonation, economic process, enlargement, expansion, explosion, inelegance, inflationary spiral, reflation, stagflation



Webster's 1913 Dictionary
\In*fla"tion\, n. [L. inflatio: cf. F. inflation.]
1. The act or process of inflating, or the state of being
   inflated, as with air or gas; distention; expansion;
   enlargement. --Boyle.

2. The state of being puffed up, as with pride; conceit;
   vanity. --B. Jonson.

3. Undue expansion or increase, from overissue; -- said of
   currency. [U.S.]

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