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a statistical factor designed to remove the effect of inflation; inflation adjusted variables are in constant dollars


possession noun (possession and transfer of possession)

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Princeton WordNet


from de- + (in)flate
(Source: Collins Dictionary)  [more]

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New World Dictionary:

deflate | deflated [past tense] | deflating [present participle] | deflator [noun, related]

to collapse by letting out air or gas | to make or become smaller or less important | to cause deflation of (currency, prices, etc.) (23 of 41 words, 3 definitions, 1 usage example, pronunciation, 1 image)




a value that allows data to be measured over time in terms of some base period, usually through a price index, in order to distinguish between a changes in the money value of a gross national product that come from a change in prices, and changes from... (47 of 387 words)


Collins Dictionary:

deflator | deflate

[economics] something that counteracts economic inflation | a person or thing that deflates something | to collapse or cause to collapse through the ... (21 of 336 words, 5 definitions, 2 usage examples, pronunciations)



deflate | deflated [past tense] | deflating [present participle] | deflator [noun, related] | deflater [noun, related]

to release air or gas from | to reduce in size, importance, or effectiveness | to reduce (a price level) or cause (a volume of credit) to contract | ... (26 of 133 words, 4 definitions, 2 usage examples, pronunciations)


Oxford Dictionary:

deflate | deflator [derived]

let air or gas out of (a tyre, balloon, or similar object) | be emptied of air or gas | make (someone) suddenly lose confidence or feel dispirited | ... (26 of 123 words, 5 definitions, 6 usage examples, pronunciation)


American Heritage Dictionary:

deflate | deflated [past tense] | deflating [present participle] | deflates [3rd-person singular present] | deflator [noun, related]

To release contained air or gas from. | To collapse by releasing contained air or gas. | To reduce or lessen the size or importance of | [economics] ; ... (26 of 78 words, 6 definitions, 2 usage examples, pronunciation)



deflator [economics] | deflators [plural]

A factor applied to economic statistics in order to counter the effect of inflation (14 of 20 words, pronunciation)


Britannica Encyclopedia:

factor [mathematics]

in mathematics, a number or algebraic expression that divides another number or expression evenly--i.e., with no remainder. For example, 3 and 6 are ... (24 of 265 words)


Random House Dictionary:

factor | factor in or into [sense-specific] | factor of production [sense-specific]

one of the elements contributing to a particular result or situation. | [math] one of two or more numbers, algebraic expressions, or the like, that ... (24 of 241 words, 13 definitions, 3 usage examples, pronunciation)


Macmillan British Dictionary:

factor [countable] | factors [plural] | by a factor of something

one of the things that influence whether an event happens or the way that it happens | a measurement that shows how strong or large something is | ... (26 of 160 words, 4 definitions, 6 usage examples, pronunciation)


factor [transitive, math, verb] | factored [past tense] | factoring [present participle] | factors [3rd-person singular present]

to factorize a number (4 of 38 words, pronunciation)

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Cambridge Dictionary:

factor [entry 1]

a fact or situation which influences the result of something (10 of 83 words, 5 usage examples, pronunciations)

dictionary​.cambridge​.org​/dictionary​/british​/factor 1

factor [entry 2] | by a factor of

[specialized] in mathematics, any whole number which is produced when you divide a larger number by another whole number | [specialized] a particular ... (22 of 99 words, 3 definitions, 4 usage examples, pronunciations)

dictionary​.cambridge​.org​/dictionary​/british​/factor 2

Columbia Encyclopedia:


in arithmetic, any number that divides a given number evenly, i.e., without any remainder. The factors of 12 are 1, 2, 3, 4, 6, and 12. Similarly in ... (28 of 84 words)


Encarta Dictionary:

factor | factors [plural] | factored [past tense] | factoring [present participle] | factorize [math, British, sense-specific, verbs] | factorized [math, British, sense-specific, verbs, past tense] | factorizing [math, British, sense-specific, verbs, present participle] | factorizes [math, British, sense-specific, verbs, 3rd-person singular present]

something that contributes to or has an influence on the outcome of something | a quantity or level of something | one of two or more numbers or ... (26 of 252 words, 10 definitions, pronunciations)

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Etymology references

Collins Dictionary:

deflator | deflate

First use: 19th century

Origin: from de- + (in)flate



deflator [economics] | deflators [plural]

Origin: deflate + -or


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the Free Dictionary:


Audio 1: North American English pronunciation of "deflator"

Audio 2: British English pronunciation of "deflator"


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