1. [ noun ] (economics) a general and progressive increase in prices
Synonyms: rising_prices

"in inflation everything gets more valuable except money"

Related terms: disinflation deflation economic_process stagflation cost-pull_inflation reflation demand-pull_inflation inflationary_spiral inflate
2. [ noun ] lack of elegance as a consequence of being pompous and puffed up with vanity
Synonyms: pompousness ostentatiousness pomposity pretentiousness splashiness ostentation
Related terms: inelegance
3. [ noun ] (cosmology) a brief exponential expansion of the universe (faster than the speed of light) postulated to have occurred shortly after the big bang
Related terms: explosion cosmology
4. [ noun ] a act of filling something with air
Related terms: deflation expansion balloon
Similar spelling:   inflammation