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English verb: deflate

1. deflate (contact) collapse by releasing contained air or gas

SamplesDeflate a balloon.

Pattern of useSomebody ----s something

Broader (hypernym)collapse

2. deflate (contact) release contained air or gas from

SamplesDeflate the air mattress.

Pattern of useSomebody ----s something

Broader (hypernym)release, turn

3. deflate (communication) reduce or lessen the size or importance of

SamplesThe bad review of his work deflated his self-confidence.


Pattern of useSomebody ----s something

Broader (hypernym)deprecate, depreciate, vilipend

4. deflate (change) produce deflation in

SamplesThe new measures deflated the economy.

Pattern of useSomething ----s something

Broader (hypernym)alter, change, modify


5. deflate (change) reduce or cut back the amount or availability of, creating a decline in value or prices

SamplesDeflate the currency.

Pattern of useSomebody ----s something.
Something ----s somebody

Broader (hypernym)bring down, cut, cut back, cut down, reduce, trim, trim back, trim down


6. deflate (change) become deflated or flaccid, as by losing air

SamplesThe balloons deflated.

Pattern of useSomething ----s

Broader (hypernym)decrease, diminish, fall, lessen

Antonymsinflate, blow up

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