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English noun: inflation

1. inflation (process) a general and progressive increase in prices

SamplesIn inflation everything gets more valuable except money.

Synonymsrising prices

Broader (hypernym)economic process

Narrower (hyponym)cost-pull inflation, demand-pull inflation, reflation, stagflation

Antonymsdisinflation, deflation

2. inflation (event) (cosmology) a brief exponential expansion of the universe (faster than the speed of light) postulated to have occurred shortly after the big bang

Broader (hypernym)blowup, detonation, explosion

Domain categorycosmogeny, cosmogony, cosmology

3. inflation (attribute) lack of elegance as a consequence of being pompous and puffed up with vanity

Synonymsostentation, ostentatiousness, pomposity, pompousness, pretentiousness, puffiness, splashiness

Broader (hypernym)inelegance

4. inflation (act) the act of filling something with air

Broader (hypernym)enlargement, expansion


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