Simple Definition of flatter
: to praise (someone) in a way that is not sincere
: to cause (someone) to feel pleased by showing respect, affection, or admiration
: to show or describe (someone or something) in a way that is very favorable or too favorable
Full Definition of flatter
1 : to praise excessively especially from motives of self-interest
2 a archaic : beguile 4 b : to encourage or gratify especially with the assurance that something is right <I flatter myself that my interpretation is correct>
3 a : to portray too favorably <the portrait flatters him> b : to display to advantage <candlelight often flatters the face>
: to use flattery
flattererplay \-tər-ər\ noun
flatteringlyplay \-tər-iŋ-lē\ adverb
Examples of flatter in a sentence
He flattered her with comments about her youthful appearance.
It flattered her to be asked to sing at their wedding.
That dress really flatters your figure.
Origin and Etymology of flatter
Middle English flateren, from Anglo-French flater to lap, flatter, of Germanic origin; akin to Old High German flaz flat
First Known Use: 13th century
Definition of flatter
: one that flattens; especially : a flat-faced swage used in smithing
First Known Use of flatter
FLATTER Defined for Kids
Definition of flatter for Students
1 : to praise but not sincerely <“You haven't changed since the day we met,” Grandpa flattered Grandma.>
2 : to cause to feel pleased by showing respect or admiration <I was flattered to be asked to sing at the wedding.>
3 : to show as favorably as possible <This picture flatters me.>
4 : to make look more attractive <That dress flatters you.>
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