flatten

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verb flat·ten \ ˈfla-tᵊn \

Definition of flatten

flattened; flattening play \ˈflat-niŋ, ˈfla-tə-\
transitive verb
:to make flat: such 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 lusterless
  • flatten paint
e :to stabilize especially at a lower level
intransitive verb
:to become flat or flatter: such 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

flattener

play \ˈflat-nər, ˈfla-tə-\ noun

Examples of flatten in a Sentence

  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.

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First Known Use of flatten

1630

flatten Synonyms

Synonyms
even, level, plane, smooth, smoothen
Antonyms
rough, roughen
Related Words
clip, crop, pare, prune, shave, trim; lay, press, spread; card, comb, rake; surface
Near Antonyms
coarsen, rumple, wrinkle; bend, kink; dent, pit

FLATTEN Defined for English Language Learners

flatten

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Definition of flatten for English Language Learners

  • : to make (something) flat or flatter

  • : to become flat or flatter

  • : to knock down (something or someone)


FLATTEN Defined for Kids

flatten

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verb flat·ten \ ˈfla-tən \

Definition of flatten for Students

flattened; flattening
:to make or become flat She flattened herself against the wall.


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