WordReference Random House Unabridged Dictionary of American English © 2017
- Economicsof, pertaining to, reflective of, or causing inflation:inflationary prices.
- inflation + -ary 1915–20
- Businessa steady rise in the level of prices:During inflation money does not buy as much as it once did.
- Economics, Businessa persistent, substantial rise in the general level of prices related to an increase in the volume of money and resulting in the loss of value of currency (opposed to deflation).
- Economicsthe act of inflating.
- Economicsthe state of being inflated.
- Latin inflātiōn- (stem of inflātiō). See inflate, -ion
- Middle English inflacio(u)n 1300–50