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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.


Synonymsswell


Pattern of useSomething ----s


Broader (hypernym)act, behave, do

4. puff up (communication) praise extravagantly


SamplesThe critics puffed up this Broadway production.


Synonymspuff


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


Broader (hypernym)praise









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