Deflating is when something that is inflated (like a balloon) begins to decrease in size. This might happen because the air inside the balloon is being released, or because the balloon has been damaged.

  • The balloon was deflating very quickly, which meant that it would soon be useless.

  • The balloon deflated because the air inside it was being released.

Definition of deflating


To remove air or some other gas from within an elastic container, e.g. a balloon or tyre


To cause an object to decrease or become smaller in some parameter, e.g. to shrink


To reduce the amount of available currency or credit and thus lower prices.


To become deflated.


To let down or disappoint.


To compress (data) according to a particular algorithm.

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Example Sentences for deflating

  • 1

    The ball deflated suddenly.

  • 2

    The men deflated the balloon.

  • 3

    The world was gripped by deflation.

  • 4

    It is inflated in May and deflated in the fall.

  • 5

    Deflation started in the early 1990s.

  • 6

    To deflate the lungs, the process is reversed.

  • 7

    I was excited, deflated, excited, and then blase.

  • 8

    The gap was filled by deflation of consumer prices.

  • 9

    The play was incredible and seemed to deflate Pittsburgh.

  • 10

    Sometimes deflation also occurs as part of the correction.