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Physical ExpansionPlay
Used to describe the physical enlargement of objects or living things, often due to internal pressures. SlideThe balloon started to bloat as he kept pumping air into it.
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Negative OutcomePlay
'Bloat' often implies a problematic or undesirable swelling. SlideBe careful not to overwater the plants, or the roots might bloat.
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Unexpected GrowthPlay
When something 'bloats', it suggests growth that is unplanned or not beneficial. SlideAfter the storm, the wood started to bloat and deform.