March 05, 2017
Learner's Word of the Day
flatter /ˈflætɚ/ verb

flatters; flattered; flattering

The boy is flattering the girls with compliments.
The boy is flattering the girls with compliments.
Learner's definition of FLATTER

[+ object]

1 : to praise (someone) in a way that is not sincere

  • He flattered her with comments about her youthful appearance.

  • His comments flattered her.

  • You're just flattering me.

2 : to cause (someone) to feel pleased by showing respect, affection, or admiration

  • It flattered her to be asked to sing at their wedding.

— usually used as (be) flattered

  • She was flattered when they asked her to sing.

  • I'm flattered that he asked me out, but he isn't my type.

3 a : to show or describe (someone or something) in a way that is very favorable or too favorable

  • That portrait flatters him. [=that portrait makes him look better than he really does]

b : to cause (someone or something) to look as attractive as possible

  • That dress really flatters your figure.

flatter yourself

: to believe something about yourself that makes you feel pleased or proud

  • Don't flatter yourself—you don't sing any better than we do.

  • I flatter myself on my skill in dancing. = I flatter myself that I'm a good dancer.

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