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flatten

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verb flat·ten \ˈfla-tən\

Simple Definition of flatten

  • : to make (something) flat or flatter

  • : to become flat or flatter

  • : to knock down (something or someone)

Full Definition of flatten

flat·tenedflat·ten·ing play \ˈflat-niŋ, ˈfla-tə-\

  1. transitive verb
  2. :  to make flat: as a :  to make level or smooth b :  to knock down; also :  to defeat decisively c :  to make dull or uninspired —often used with out d :  to make (as paint) lusterless e :  to stabilize especially at a lower level

  3. intransitive verb
  4. :  to become flat or flatter: as a :  to become dull or spiritless b :  to extend in or into a flat position or form c :  to become uniform or stabilized often at a new lower level —usually used with out

flat·ten·er play \-nər\ noun

Examples of flatten

  1. Dozens of houses were flattened by the tornado.

  2. The boxer was flattened in the seventh round.

  3. The team got flattened in the first round of the play-offs.

  4. Prices are expected to flatten after the holiday shopping season.



1630

First Known Use of flatten

1630



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