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deflate (verb), deflates; deflated; deflating
1. To let out air or gas from an inflatable object with the result that it shrinks or collapses, or to lose air or gas.
2. To destroy somebody's confidence or to make someone less self-assured or conceited.
3. To show that a theory or argument is wrong.
4. To bring about deflation in the economy or the money supply.
5. Etymology: a reference to balloons, coinage based on inflate; from Latin deflare, meaning "to blow away", but in the modern word the prefix is presented in the sense of "down."
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