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flatter

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verb flat·ter \ˈfla-tər\

Definition of flatter

  1. transitive verb
  2. 1 :  to praise excessively especially from motives of self-interest He flattered her with comments about how youthful she looks.

  3. 2a archaic :  beguile 4b :  to encourage or gratify especially with the assurance that something is right I flatter myself that my interpretation is correct

  4. 3a :  to portray too favorably the portrait flatters himb :  to display to advantage candlelight often flatters the face

  5. intransitive verb
  6. :  to use flattery

flatterer

play \ˈfla-tər-ər\ noun

flatteringly

play \ˈfla-tər-iŋ-lē\ adverb

Examples of flatter in a Sentence

  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.

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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


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flatter

noun flat·ter

Definition of flatter

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

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First Known Use of flatter

1714

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FLATTER Defined for English Language Learners

flatter

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Definition of flatter for English Language Learners

  • : 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


FLATTER Defined for Kids

flatter

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verb flat·ter \ˈfla-tər\

Definition of flatter for Students

flattered

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flattering

  1. 1 :  to praise but not sincerely “You haven't changed since the day we met,” Grandpa flattered Grandma.

  2. 2 :  to cause to feel pleased by showing respect or admiration I was flattered to be asked to sing at the wedding.

  3. 3 :  to show as favorably as possible This picture flatters me.

  4. 4 :  to make look more attractive That dress flatters you.

flatterer

noun


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