Noun inflation has 4 senses
  1. inflation, rising prices - a general and progressive increase in prices; "in inflation everything gets more valuable except money"
    --1 is a kind of economic process
    Antonyms: deflation, disinflation
    --1 has particulars:
     cost-pull inflation; demand-pull inflation; inflationary spiral; reflation; stagflation
    Derived forms: verb inflate3, verb inflate4
  2. inflation - (cosmology) a brief exponential expansion of the universe (faster than the speed of light) postulated to have occurred shortly after the big bang
    --2 is a kind of
    explosion, detonation, blowup
  3. ostentation, ostentatiousness, pomposity, pompousness, pretentiousness, splashiness, inflation - lack of elegance as a consequence of being pompous and puffed up with vanity
    --3 is a kind of inelegance
  4. inflation - the act of filling something with air
    --4 is a kind of
    expansion, enlargement
    Antonyms: deflation
    Derived forms: verb inflate5, verb inflate1