Definitions for flatterˈflæt ər
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Random House Webster's College Dictionary
to try to please by complimentary remarks or attention.
to praise or compliment insincerely, effusively, or excessively.
to represent favorably, esp. too favorably:
The portrait flatters her.
to show to advantage:
a hairstyle that flatters the face.
to please or gratify by compliments or attentions:
I was flattered by the invitation.
to feel satisfaction with (oneself), sometimes mistakenly.
to beguile with hope; encourage prematurely, falsely, etc.
(v.i.)to use flattery.
Origin of flatter:
1175–1225; ME: to float, flutter, fawn upon, OE floterian to float, flutter
a flat-faced blacksmith's tool used to smooth the surface of the forging.
Origin of flatter:
praise somewhat dishonestly
Kernerman English Learner's Dictionary
Flattering the customer will help you make a sale.
to make sb look attractive; = suit
a hairstyle that flatters him
A type of set tool used by blacksmiths.
Someone who flattens, purposely or accidently. Also flattener.
To compliment someone, often insincerely and sometimes to win favour
To enhance someone's vanity by praising them
To portray something to advantage.
To convey notions of the facts that are believed to be favorable to the hearer without certainty of the truthfulness of the notions conveyed.
Origin: From flatteren, flateren, probably a conflation of floterian, from flutrōnan, from pleud-; and flaðra, from flaþrōnan, from peled-. Cognate with flatteren, flattern. The word may have been reinforced in meaning by unrelated flatter, from *. More at flat.
one who, or that which, makes flat or flattens
a flat-faced fulling hammer
a drawplate with a narrow, rectangular orifice, for drawing flat strips, as watch springs, etc
to treat with praise or blandishments; to gratify or attempt to gratify the self-love or vanity of, esp. by artful and interested commendation or attentions; to blandish; to cajole; to wheedle
to raise hopes in; to encourage or favorable, but sometimes unfounded or deceitful, representations
to portray too favorably; to give a too favorable idea of; as, his portrait flatters him
to use flattery or insincere praise
Translations for flatter
Kernerman English Multilingual Dictionary
to praise too much or insincerely
Flatter him by complimenting him on his singing.
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- (kellegi) eneseuhkust kõditamaEstonian
- چاپلوسی کردنFarsi
- चापलूसी करनाHindi
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- skjalla, lofa um ofIcelandic
- adulare, lusingareItalian
- saldliežuvauti, meilikautiLithuanian
- smigre, smiskeNorwegian
- چاپلوسی کردنPersian
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- a flata, a măguliRomanian
- pohpohlamak, yağ çekmekTurkish
- 奉承Chinese (Trad.)
- بے جا تعریف کرناUrdu
- tâng bốc nịnh hótVietnamese
- 奉承Chinese (Simp.)
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