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English verb: puff up

1. puff up (change) make larger or distend

SamplesThe estimates were puffed up.

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

Broader (hypernym)amplify, blow up, expand, inflate

2. puff up (change) to swell or cause to enlarge,

SamplesHer faced puffed up from the drugs.
Puffed out chests.

ExamplesDid his feet puff up?

Synonymsblow up, puff, puff out

Pattern of useSomething ----s.
Somebody ----s.
Somebody ----s something.
Something ----s something

Broader (hypernym)intumesce, swell, swell up, tumefy, tumesce

3. puff up (social) become filled with pride, arrogance, or anger

SamplesThe mother was swelling with importance when she spoke of her son.


Pattern of useSomething ----s

Broader (hypernym)act, behave, do

4. puff up (communication) praise extravagantly

SamplesThe critics puffed up this Broadway production.


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

Broader (hypernym)praise

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