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present tense
I/you/we/theypuff up
he/she/itpuffs up
present participlepuffing up
past tensepuffed up
past participlepuffed up
  1. 1
    [intransitive/transitive] if something puffs up, or if you puff it up, it looks bigger, usually because it has air in it

    When the biscuits puff up and turn brown they are ready.

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  2. 2
    [intransitive] to swell because of an injury or illness

    The next day his face had really puffed up.

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