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Definitions for flatten
ˈflæt nflat·ten

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Princeton's WordNet

  1. flattenverb

    make flat or flatter

    "flatten a road"; "flatten your stomach with these exercises"

  2. flatten, flatten outverb

    become flat or flatter

    "The landscape flattened"

  3. flatten, dropverb

    lower the pitch of (musical notes)


  1. flattenverb

    To make something flat or flatter.

  2. flattenverb

    To press one's body tightly against a surface, such as a wall or floor, especially in order to avoid being seen or harmed.

  3. flattenverb

    To knock down or lay low.

    The prize fighter quickly flattened his challenger.

  4. flattenverb

    To become flat or flatter.

  5. flattenverb

    To be knocked down or laid low.

  6. flattenverb

    To lower by a semitone.

Webster Dictionary

  1. Flattenadjective

    to reduce to an even surface or one approaching evenness; to make flat; to level; to make plane

    Etymology: [From Flat, a.]

  2. Flattenadjective

    to throw down; to bring to the ground; to prostrate; hence, to depress; to deject; to dispirit

    Etymology: [From Flat, a.]

  3. Flattenadjective

    to make vapid or insipid; to render stale

    Etymology: [From Flat, a.]

  4. Flattenadjective

    to lower the pitch of; to cause to sound less sharp; to let fall from the pitch

    Etymology: [From Flat, a.]

  5. Flattenverb

    to become or grow flat, even, depressed dull, vapid, spiritless, or depressed below pitch

    Etymology: [From Flat, a.]

The New Hacker's Dictionary

  1. flatten

    [common] To remove structural information, esp. to filter something with an implicit tree structure into a simple sequence of leaves; also tends to imply mapping to flat-ASCII. “This code flattens an expression with parentheses into an equivalent canonical form.”

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  1. Chaldean Numerology

    The numerical value of flatten in Chaldean Numerology is: 3

  2. Pythagorean Numerology

    The numerical value of flatten in Pythagorean Numerology is: 6

Examples of flatten in a Sentence

  1. The Governor:

    Ninety-two percent of our state's 105 counties have moderate or high levels of community transmission, i know we all want this to be over, we all want to turn to some semblance of normal but we can not return... until this virus is under control, until we flatten the curve, until a vaccine is available, widely distributed and vaccination rates are significant.

  2. Jeffrey Gundlach:

    The message of 2014 has been: As the potential for Fed rate hikes has increased, the long end has done nothing but rally. I think the yield curve is going to flatten at a level previously thought unthinkable.

  3. United States:

    The continued decline in the cancer death rate over the past 25 years is really good news and was a little bit of a surprise, only because the other leading causes of death in the United States are starting to flatten. So we've been wondering if that's going to happen for cancer as well, but so far American Cancer Society hasn't.

  4. Jerome Adams:

    The good news is that states like Washington, like California, countries like Italy, when White House experts leaned into aggressive mitigation, White House experts're being able to flatten White House experts curve, the governors get to make the decisions, but we're going to give them the best possible guidance we can and that's to stay at home and social distance.

  5. Daniel Dae Kim:

    I'm grateful to be alive and healthy. It gives me hope that through our collective efforts we can beat this thing and flatten the curve.

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  • سطحArabic
  • изравнявам, просвам, изглаждамBulgarian
  • planejarCatalan, Valencian
  • rozdrtit, splácnout se, zplacatit, splácnout, zplacatit se, zploštit, uzemnit, zploštit se, srazit k zemiCzech
  • jævneDanish
  • plattmachen, flachmachen, plättenGerman
  • achatar, aplanarSpanish
  • صاف کردنPersian
  • litistää, tasoittaaFinnish
  • aplatirFrench
  • presegarIdo
  • appiattirsi, appiattire, atterrareItalian
  • whakatūpā, takapapaMāori
  • pletten, aandrukkenDutch
  • równać, spłaszczyć, zwalić, położyć, zwalać, spłaszczyć się, wyrównać się, wyrównać, kłaśćPolish
  • achatar, derrubarPortuguese
  • aplatiza, nivela, neteziRomanian
  • разгла́живать, расплю́щивать, разма́зать, раска́тывать, разгла́дить, раската́ть, расплю́щить, плю́щитьRussian
  • platta tillSwedish

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    heighten or intensify
    • A. attend
    • B. observe
    • C. inspire
    • D. interrupt

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