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1‘he deflated one of the tyres’
let down, empty the air out of, collapse, flatten, void
inflate, blow up
2‘the balloon deflated’
go down, collapse, shrink, contract, flatten
3‘the news had deflated the old man’
subdue, humble, cow, humiliate, mortify, chasten, chagrin, dispirit, dismay, discourage, dishearten
squash, crush, flatten, bring down, bring low, take down a peg or two, take the wind out of someone's sails
informal cut down to size, knock the stuffing out of, put down
4‘the budget deflated the economy’
reduce, slow down, make less active, diminish, lessen, lower
devalue, depreciate, depress
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