Bloat Bloat (bl[=o]t), v. t. [imp. & p. p. {Bloated}; p. pr. & vb. n. {Bloating}.] [Cf. Icel. blotna to become soft, blautr soft, wet, Sw. bl["o]t soft, bl["o]ta to soak; akin to G. bloss bare, and AS. ble['a]t wretched; or perh. fr. root of Eng. 5th blow. Cf. {Blote}.] 1. To make turgid, as with water or air; to cause a swelling of the surface of, from effusion of serum in the cellular tissue, producing a morbid enlargement, often accompanied with softness. [1913 Webster]

2. To inflate; to puff up; to make vain. --Dryden. [1913 Webster]

The Collaborative International Dictionary of English. 2000.


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