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  1. in·fla·tion
    IPA[inˈflāSH(ə)n]
  2. noun

    • 1. the action of inflating something or the condition of being inflated:

      the inflation of a balloon the gross inflation of salaries
    • 2. (in some theories of cosmology) a very brief exponential expansion of the universe postulated to have interrupted the standard linear expansion shortly after the Big Bang.

    • 3. a general increase in prices and fall in the purchasing value of money:

      policies aimed at controlling inflation high inflation rates
  3. Variation

    • n.: noun: inflation

    • noun

      the action of inflating something or the condition of being inflated:

      (in some theories of cosmology) a very brief exponential expansion of the universe postulated to have interrupted the standard linear expansion shortly after the Big Bang.

    • noun

      a real or perceived upward trend in the average grades awarded to students for a particular level of academic achievement:
    • adjective

      taking into account the effect of inflation:
    • noun

      the rate at which prices increase over time, resulting in a fall in the purchasing value of money:
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