noun (plural: inflations)
- An act, instance of, or state of expansion or increase in size, especially by injection of a gas.
- The of the balloon took five hours.
- Expansion in the money supply beyond the increase in available goods and services. Often misunderstood to mean a rise in prices, which generally accompanies such an expansion.
- The low level of the Federal Reserve Rate caused a great in the money supply that year, accompanied soon after by a general rise in prices.
- (context, cosmology) An extremely rapid expansion of the universe, theorised to have occurred very shortly after the big bang.
Etymology: From inflatio, expansion, noun of process from perfect passive participle inflatus, expanded or blown up, from verb inflare, blow into or expand, from in-, into, + flare, blow
- Dutch: inflatie
- French: inflation(fr)f
- German: Inflation(de)f
- Spanish: (t, es, inflación, f)
- Italian: inflazione(it)
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