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flatter

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verb flat·ter \ˈfla-tər\

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. transitive verb
  2. 1 :  to praise excessively especially from motives of self-interest

  3. 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>

  4. 3 a :  to portray too favorably <the portrait flatters him> b :  to display to advantage <candlelight often flatters the face>

  5. intransitive verb
  6. :  to use flattery

flat·ter·er play \-tər-ər\ noun
flat·ter·ing·ly play \-tər-iŋ-lē\ adverb

Examples of flatter

  1. He flattered her with comments about her youthful appearance.

  2. It flattered her to be asked to sing at their wedding.

  3. That dress really flatters your figure.



Origin 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


2

flatter

noun flat·ter

Definition of flatter

  1. :  one that flattens; especially :  a flat-faced swage used in smithing



1714

First Known Use of flatter

1714

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