Inflation In*fla"tion, n. [L. inflatio: cf. F. inflation.] 1. The act or process of inflating, or the state of being inflated, as with air or gas; distention; expansion; enlargement. --Boyle. [1913 Webster]

2. The state of being puffed up, as with pride; conceit; vanity. --B. Jonson. [1913 Webster]

3. Persistent expansion or increase in the general level of prices, usually caused by overissue of currency, and resulting in a reduced value of the currency. It is contrasted with {deflation}, and is when it occurs to a very high degree is called {hyperinflation}. [U.S.] [1913 Webster +PJC]

The Collaborative International Dictionary of English. 2000.


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