Definition of reflate in English:



  • Expand the level of output of (an economy) by government stimulus, using either fiscal or monetary policy.

    • ‘The U.S. government is doing everything it can to reflate the economy.’
    • ‘Delors had been Finance Minister in the 1981-3 French Socialist governments, which had tried to tackle the problem of unemployment in France by reflating the economy.’
    • ‘That's why there was a massive effort to reflate the German economy; by early 1947, unemployment was down to 10 per cent.’
    • ‘For another good example of this we only have to look at Japan, where every conceivable instrument was used to try and reflate the economy but the Japanese consumer resolutely refused to respond.’
    • ‘This is now so apparent that even international financiers and large capitalists are calling for concerted intervention to reflate the world economy.’
    • ‘The big risk for bonds is that the Fed's efforts to reflate the economy will prove all too successful, leading to an eventual surge in inflation.’
    • ‘Governments around the world are doing their utmost to reflate their economies.’
    • ‘In order to reflate its economy, Britain abandoned the gold standard in September 1931 and sterling was devalued.’
    • ‘Because of this error, the Fed is about to discover that its entire effort to reflate the economy through low rates has failed.’
    • ‘For a variety of reasons - economic and political - the administration has made reflating the stock market bubble the centerpiece of its economic ‘program.’’
    • ‘This leaves the ‘old school economic policies’ of dollar devaluation and deficit financing to help reflate the economy and fend off deflation and boost exporters.’
    • ‘First, when the French government tried unilaterally to reflate its economy in the early 1980s it soon became clear that they could not act alone without harming their balance of payments and severely weakening their currency.’
    • ‘The US dollar maintained its downward trend during the 1970s as efforts were made to reflate the international economy following the major recession of 1974-75.’
    • ‘The Japanese government has repeatedly tried to reflate the economy, with special packages and cuts in interest rates, but so far to little effect.’
    • ‘A whole battery of measures was taken at once to enhance social equality and reflate the economy by increasing consumption.’
    • ‘The socialists started their period in power with a bang: they nationalized large sectors of finance and manufacturing, reflated the economy, and decentralized power.’
    • ‘Phil was one of several European social entrepreneurs who'd migrated to Sri Lanka to bring their expertise to bear on reflating a local economy in the wake of the ceasefire between the government and separatists.’
    • ‘The country largely eschewed the Hooverite policies of the IMF and moved very aggressively to reflate and thereby help to lead the region out of its deep recession.’
    • ‘Also, the return to a zero interest rate policy by the Bank of Japan signals its intent to reflate the economy.’
    • ‘The rising euro and the refusal of the EU commissariat to reflate the EU economy implies that the exporting side of the Irish economy will be squeezed.’


1930s: from re- ‘again’, on the pattern of inflate, deflate.