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Definition of "flatter" []

  • To compliment excessively and often insincerely, especially in order to win favor. (verb-transitive)
  • To please or gratify the vanity of: "What really flatters a man is that you think him worth flattering” ( George Bernard Shaw). (verb-transitive)
  • To portray favorably: a photograph that flatters its subject. (verb-transitive)
  • To show off becomingly or advantageously. (verb-transitive)
  • To practice flattery. (verb-intransitive)

American Heritage(R) Dictionary of the English Language, Fifth Edition. Copyright (c) 2011 by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Publishing Company. Published by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Publishing Company. All rights reserved.

Use "flatter" in a sentence
  • "V. ii.823 (467,8) [To flatter up these powers of mine with rest] Dr. Warburton would read _fetter_, but _flatter_ or _sooth_ is, in my opinion, more apposite to the king's purpose than _fetter_."
  • "Perhaps I again flatter myself, but I think I've contributed as much to the development and celebration of real American culture as Racistsentative Russell Pearce."
  • "The whole area is quite a bit lower than the survey indicates, and it's much "flatter" - the hills aren't as high, and the low spots aren't as low relative to the surrounding terrain."