from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition
- transitive v. To release contained air or gas from.
- transitive v. To collapse by releasing contained air or gas.
- transitive v. To reduce or lessen the size or importance of: Losing the contest deflated my ego.
- transitive v. Economics To reduce the amount or availability of (currency or credit), effecting a decline in prices.
- transitive v. Economics To produce deflation in (an economy).
- intransitive v. To be or become deflated: The balloon deflated slowly.
from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License
- v. To cause an object to decrease or become smaller in some parameter, e.g. to shrink
- v. (economics) To reduce the amount of available currency or credit and thus lower prices.
- v. To become deflated.
- v. To let down or disappoint.
from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English
- transitive v. To reduce from an inflated condition; used literally and metaphorically.
from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- To remove the air from: the opposite of inflate.
from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.
- v. release contained air or gas from
- v. reduce or cut back the amount or availability of, creating a decline in value or prices
- v. produce deflation in
- v. become deflated or flaccid, as by losing air
- v. collapse by releasing contained air or gas
- v. reduce or lessen the size or importance of
de- + (in)flate.(American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)