[flat-er] /ˈflæt ər/
verb (used with object)
to try to please by complimentary remarks or attention.
to praise or compliment insincerely, effusively, or excessively:
She flatters him by constantly praising his books.
to represent favorably; gratify by falsification:
The portrait flatters her.
to show to advantage:
a hairstyle that flatters the face.
to play upon the vanity or susceptibilities of; cajole, wheedle, or beguile:
They flattered him into contributing heavily to the foundation.
to please or gratify by compliments or attentions:
I was flattered by their invitation.
to feel satisfaction with (oneself), especially with reference to an accomplishment, act, or occasion:
He flattered himself that the dinner had gone well.
to beguile with hope; encourage prematurely, falsely, etc.
verb (used without object)
to use .
to praise insincerely, esp in order to win favour or reward
to show to advantage: that dress flatters her
(transitive) to make to appear more attractive, etc, than in reality
to play upon or gratify the vanity of (a person): it flatters her to be remembered
(transitive) to beguile with hope; encourage, esp falsely: this success flattered him into believing himself a champion
(transitive) to congratulate or deceive (oneself): I flatter myself that I am the best
a blacksmith’s tool, resembling a flat-faced hammer, that is placed on forged work and struck to smooth the surface of the forging
a die with a narrow rectangular orifice for drawing flat sections
mid-14c., agent noun from flatter. Fem. form flatteress is attested from late 14c.-18c.
early 13c., from Old French flater “to flatter” (13c.), originally “stroke with the hand, caress,” from Frankish *flat “palm, flat of the hand” (see flat (adj.)). “[O]ne of many imitative verbs beginning with fl- and denoting unsteady or light, repeated movement” [Liberman]. Related: Flattered; flattering.
[flat-er] /ˈflæt ər/ verb (used with object) 1. to try to please by complimentary remarks or attention. 2. to praise or compliment insincerely, effusively, or excessively: She flatters him by constantly praising his books. 3. to represent favorably; gratify by falsification: The portrait flatters her. 4. to show to advantage: a hairstyle that flatters the […]
- Flatter oneself
Be gratified vainly by one’s own achievement; exaggerate one’s good points. For example, He flattered himself that his presentation at the sales conference was a success, or She flattered herself that she was by far the best skater at the rink. This usage is often put negatively, as in Don’t flatter yourself—we haven’t won the […]
[flat-uh-ree] /ˈflæt ə ri/ noun, plural flatteries. 1. the act of . 2. a flattering compliment or speech; excessive, insincere praise. [flat-ree] /ˈflæt ri/ noun 1. Cape, a cape in NW Washington, on the Olympic Peninsula, at the entrance to Juan de Fuca Strait. /ˈflætərɪ/ noun (pl) -teries 1. the act of flattering 2. excessive […]
/ˈflætɪ/ noun 1. (NZ, informal) a flounder or other flatfish