- To cause to swell up or inflate, as with liquid or gas. (verb-transitive)
- To cure (fish) by soaking in brine and half-drying in smoke. (verb-transitive)
- To become swollen or inflated: "Government had bloated out of control” ( Lance Morrow). (verb-intransitive)
- A swelling of the rumen or intestinal tract of cattle and domestic animals that is caused by excessive gas formation following fermentation of ingested watery legumes or green forage. (noun)
- An excess or surfeit, as of employees, expenses, or procedures: corporate bloat. (noun)
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