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1flatter

verb flat·ter \ˈfla-tər\

: 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

transitive verb
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>
intransitive verb
:  to use flattery
flat·ter·er \-tər-ər\ noun
flat·ter·ing·ly \-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

2flatter

noun

Definition of FLATTER

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

First Known Use of FLATTER

1714

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FLATTERS Defined for Kids

flatter

verb flat·ter \ˈfla-tər\
flat·teredflat·ter·ing

Definition of FLATTER for Kids

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.>
flat·ter·er noun

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