flatten

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verb flat·ten \ˈfla-tən\

Definition of flatten

flattened

flattening

play \ˈflat-niŋ, ˈfla-tə-\
  1. transitive verb
  2. :  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

  3. intransitive verb
  4. :  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

flattener

play \-nər\ 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.

1630

First Known Use of flatten

1630


FLATTEN Defined for English Language Learners

flatten

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verb flat·ten \ˈfla-tən\

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

  1. :  to make or become flat <She flattened herself against the wall.>



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