Both as a noun and a verb, bloat refers to being swollen, puffed up, or overfilled. You can bloat something by filling it up to the point where it swells.

You use bloat to make the point that something is more than just fat or large — it's too puffed up or swollen and seems like it might burst. Most often you'll see bloat used to describe things that are filled up with liquid or gas — as in that feeling you get after eating too much. But you might also see the meaning extended to include things like budgets, egos, and expensive shoe collections. Anytime someone has way too much of something, you might see bloat used to describe the situation.

Definitions of bloat
  1. noun
    swelling of the rumen or intestinal tract of domestic animals caused by excessive gas
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    type of:
    lump, puffiness, swelling
    an abnormal protuberance or localized enlargement
  2. verb
    become bloated or swollen or puff up
    “The dead man's stomach was bloated
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    type of:
    intumesce, swell, swell up, tumefy, tumesce
    expand abnormally
  3. verb
    make bloated or swollen
    “Hunger bloated the child's belly”
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    cause to expand as it by internal pressure
    type of:
    cause to become swollen
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