flat·ten verb \ˈfla-tən\
: to make (something) flat or flatter
: to become flat or flatter
: to knock down (something or someone)
flat·tenedflat·ten·ing \ˈflat-niŋ, ˈfla-tə-\
: 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
: 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 \-nər\ noun
Examples of FLATTEN
- Dozens of houses were flattened by the tornado.
- The boxer was flattened in the seventh round.
- The team got flattened in the first round of the play-offs.
- Prices are expected to flatten after the holiday shopping season.
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