Definitions

from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

  • adj. Much bigger than desired: a bloated bureaucracy; a bloated budget.
  • adj. Medicine Swollen or distended beyond normal size by fluid or gaseous material.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • v. Simple past tense and past participle of bloat.
  • adj. Swollen with fluid or gas.
  • adj. Excessively or extremely large or wealthy.
  • adj. Describing software which is overloaded with features, known as bloatware.
  • adj. Slightly salted and lightly smoked (as in bloated herring).

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • adj. Distended beyond the natural or usual size, as by the presence of water, serum, etc.; turgid; swollen. Also, puffed up with pride; pompous.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • Swollen; puffed up; inflated; overgrown, so as to be unwieldy, especially from over-indulgence in eating and drinking; pampered: as, “a bloated mass,”
  • Connected with or arising from self-indulgence: as, “bloated slumber,”
  • Inordinately swollen in amount, possessions, self-esteem, etc.; puffed up with pride or wealth: as, a bloated estate; bloated capitalists; a bloated pretender.

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Examples

  • Previous administrations have long been criticized for cutting what they called a "bloated" central office only to add more bureaucracy with higher-paying salaries.

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  • He took aim at what he called a bloated bureaucracy, wasteful business practices and too many generals and admirals, and outlined an ambitious plan for reform that's almost certain to stir opposition in the corridors of Congress and Pentagon.

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  • He took aim at what he called a bloated bureaucracy, wasteful business practices and too many generals and admirals, and outlined an ambitious plan for reform that's almost certain to stir opposition in the corridors of Congress and

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  • Republicans contend that all of that, coupled with high property taxes and what they describe as a bloated county government, will work in their favor this election cycle.

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  • He took aim what he called a bloated bureaucracy, wasteful business practices and too many generals and admirals, and outlined an ambitious plan for reform that's almost certain to stir opposition in the corridors of Congress and Pentagon.

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  • The European Union's executive body will recommend cuts in what it calls bloated and over-subsidized fishing fleets when it publishes a report Wednesday on Europe's fishing future.

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  • One way to cut what he calls the bloated federal bureaucracy is in defense, as well as Medicaid and Medicare.

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  • When the insurance giants and their corporate buddies stood to lose billions in bloated healthcare profits, they relied on the unease of white middle class seniors to give birth to the tea party.

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  • But while Mr. Cameron's courageous cutbacks in bloated domestic spending should inspire admiration, his scything of defense — one of the core responsibilities of government — is an example that we would do well to avoid.

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  • The latest ... saw (her) in bloated and bedraggled form.

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