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flat·ter 1

 (flăt′ər)
v. flat·tered, flat·ter·ing, flat·ters
v.tr.
1. To compliment excessively and often insincerely, especially in order to win favor.
2. To please or gratify the vanity of: "What really flatters a man is that you think him worth flattering" (George Bernard Shaw).
3.
a. To portray favorably: a photograph that flatters its subject.
b. To show off becomingly or advantageously.
v.intr.
To practice flattery.

[Middle English flateren, from Old French flater, of Germanic origin; see plat- in Indo-European roots.]

flat′ter·er n.
flat′ter·ing·ly adv.

flat·ter 2

 (flăt′ər)
n.
1. A flat-faced swage or hammer used by blacksmiths.
2. A die plate for flattening metal into strips, as in the manufacture of watch springs.

flatter

(ˈflætə)
vb
1. to praise insincerely, esp in order to win favour or reward
2. to show to advantage: that dress flatters her.
3. (tr) to make to appear more attractive, etc, than in reality
4. to play upon or gratify the vanity of (a person): it flatters her to be remembered.
5. (tr) to beguile with hope; encourage, esp falsely: this success flattered him into believing himself a champion.
6. (tr) to congratulate or deceive (oneself): I flatter myself that I am the best.
[C13: probably from Old French flater to lick, fawn upon, of Frankish origin]
ˈflatterable adj
ˈflatterer n
ˈflatteringly adv

flatter

(ˈflætə)
n
1. (Tools) a blacksmith's tool, resembling a flat-faced hammer, that is placed on forged work and struck to smooth the surface of the forging
2. (Tools) a die with a narrow rectangular orifice for drawing flat sections

flat•ter1

(ˈflæt ər)

v.t.
1. to try to please by complimentary remarks or attention.
2. to praise or compliment insincerely, effusively, or excessively.
3. to represent favorably, esp. too favorably: The portrait flatters her.
4. to show to advantage: a hairstyle that flatters the face.
5. to please or gratify by compliments or attentions: I was flattered by the invitation.
6. to feel satisfaction with (oneself), sometimes mistakenly.
7. to beguile with hope; encourage prematurely, falsely, etc.
v.i.
8. to use flattery.
[1175–1225; Middle English: to float, flutter, fawn upon, Old English floterian to float, flutter]
flat′ter•a•ble, adj.
flat′ter•er, n.
flat′ter•ing•ly, adv.

flat•ter2

(ˈflæt ər)

n.
a flat-faced blacksmith's tool used to smooth the surface of the forging.
[1705–15]

flatter


Past participle: flattered
Gerund: flattering

Imperative
flatter
flatter
Present
I flatter
you flatter
he/she/it flatters
we flatter
you flatter
they flatter
Preterite
I flattered
you flattered
he/she/it flattered
we flattered
you flattered
they flattered
Present Continuous
I am flattering
you are flattering
he/she/it is flattering
we are flattering
you are flattering
they are flattering
Present Perfect
I have flattered
you have flattered
he/she/it has flattered
we have flattered
you have flattered
they have flattered
Past Continuous
I was flattering
you were flattering
he/she/it was flattering
we were flattering
you were flattering
they were flattering
Past Perfect
I had flattered
you had flattered
he/she/it had flattered
we had flattered
you had flattered
they had flattered
Future
I will flatter
you will flatter
he/she/it will flatter
we will flatter
you will flatter
they will flatter
Future Perfect
I will have flattered
you will have flattered
he/she/it will have flattered
we will have flattered
you will have flattered
they will have flattered
Future Continuous
I will be flattering
you will be flattering
he/she/it will be flattering
we will be flattering
you will be flattering
they will be flattering
Present Perfect Continuous
I have been flattering
you have been flattering
he/she/it has been flattering
we have been flattering
you have been flattering
they have been flattering
Future Perfect Continuous
I will have been flattering
you will have been flattering
he/she/it will have been flattering
we will have been flattering
you will have been flattering
they will have been flattering
Past Perfect Continuous
I had been flattering
you had been flattering
he/she/it had been flattering
we had been flattering
you had been flattering
they had been flattering
Conditional
I would flatter
you would flatter
he/she/it would flatter
we would flatter
you would flatter
they would flatter
Past Conditional
I would have flattered
you would have flattered
he/she/it would have flattered
we would have flattered
you would have flattered
they would have flattered
ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
Verb1.flatter - praise somewhat dishonestlyflatter - praise somewhat dishonestly    
soft-soap - use flattering talk on somebody
praise - express approval of; "The parents praised their children for their academic performance"
adulate - flatter in an obsequious manner
stroke - treat gingerly or carefully; "You have to stroke the boss"
bootlick, kotow, toady, truckle, kowtow, fawn, suck up - try to gain favor by cringing or flattering; "He is always kowtowing to his boss"
brown-nose, butter up - flatter with the intention of getting something
disparage, belittle, pick at - express a negative opinion of; "She disparaged her student's efforts"

flatter

verb
1. praise, compliment, pander to, sweet-talk (informal), court, humour, puff, flannel (Brit. informal), fawn, cajole, lay it on (thick) (slang), wheedle, inveigle, soft-soap (informal), butter up, blandish I knew he was just flattering me.
2. suit, become, enhance, set off, embellish, do something for, show to advantage Orange flatters those with golden skin tones.

flatter

verb
1. To compliment excessively and ingratiatingly:
Informal: soft-soap, sweet-talk.
2. To look good on or with:
Idiom: put in the best light.
Translations
يَتَباهى، يَتَبَجَّحيَتَمَلَّقيَتَمَلَّقُيُطْري لِ
lichotitlichotit sipochlebovat
smigrebilde sig indforskønne
imarrella
laskati
fegraòykjast getaskjalla, lofa um of
おだてる
아첨하다
gražintigyrimasjausti pasitenkinimąmeilikautimeilikautojas
būt apmierinātam ar seviglaimotizskaistināt
lichotiť
laskatilaskati siprilizovati se
smickra
ยกยอ
pohpohlamakyağ çekmekkıvanç duymakolduğundan iyi göstermek
nịnh nọt

flatter

[ˈflætəʳ] VT
1. (= praise, compliment)
1.1. (sincerely) → halagar
you flatter me!¡me halagas!
to say that she is tactless is to flatter her (iro) → decir que no tiene tacto es como echarle un piropo
1.2. (insincerely) → adular, lisonjear
he only said it to flatter youte lo dijo sólo para adularte
2. (= gratify) → halagar
I was very flattered to be askedme halagó que me lo pidieran
to feel flatteredsentirse halagado
3. (= show to advantage) → favorecer
that colour flatters youese color te favorece
it's a dress that will flatter any figurees un vestido que favorece a cualquiera
4. to flatter o.s
4.1. (= pride o.s.) to flatter o.s. on sth/thatenorgullecerse de algo/de que
4.2. (= deceive o.s.) don't flatter yourself, I didn't come all this way just to see youno te hagas ilusiones, no he venido hasta aquí sólo para verte a ti
you flatter yourself! what makes you think he fancies you?¡no seas engreída! ¿qué te hace pensar que le gustas?

flatter

[ˈflætər] vt
[person] → flatter
to flatter o.s. (that) ...
I flatter myself I've done it all rather well → J'aime à penser que j'ai tout plutôt bien réussi.
(= look good on) → flatter
see also flattered

flatter

vtschmeicheln (+dat); it flatters your figuredas ist sehr vorteilhaft; I was very flattered by his remarkich fühlte mich von seiner Bemerkung sehr geschmeichelt; you can flatter yourself on being …Sie können sich (dat)etwas darauf einbilden, dass Sie …; he flatters himself he’s a good musicianer bildet sich (dat)ein, ein guter Musiker zu sein; don’t flatter yourself!bilde dir ja nichts ein!

flatter

[ˈflætəʳ] vt (praise) → adulare, lusingare; (show to advantage) → donare a
this photo flatters you → in questa foto sei venuto molto bene
to flatter o.s. that one is ... → illudersi di essere...

flatter

(ˈflӕtə) verb
1. to praise too much or insincerely. Flatter him by complimenting him on his singing.
2. to show, describe etc someone or something as being better than someone etc really is. The photograph flatters him.
3. to be pleased to say about (oneself) (that one can do something). I flatter myself that I can speak French perfectly.
ˈflatterer noun
ˈflattery noun
insincere praise.

flatter

يَتَمَلَّقُ lichotit smigre schmeicheln κολακεύω adular, halagar imarrella flatter laskati adulare おだてる 아첨하다 vleien smigre pochlebić bajular, lisonjear льстить smickra ยกยอ pohpohlamak nịnh nọt 奉承
References in classic literature ?
It was creditable to have a sister married, and she might flatter herself with having been greatly instrumental to the connexion, by keeping Anne with her in the autumn; and as her own sister must be better than her husband's sisters, it was very agreeable that Captain Wentworth should be a richer man than either Captain Benwick or Charles Hayter.
They had their great cousins, to be sure, to resort to for comfort; but they must long feel that to flatter and follow others, without being flattered and followed in turn, is but a state of half enjoyment.
The demagogues are of two sorts; one who flatter the few when they are in power: for even these have their demagogues; such was Charicles at Athens, who had great influence over the thirty; and, in the same manner, Phrynichus over the four hundred.
This has been my motive, my fair cousin, and I flatter myself it will not sink me in your esteem.
You must give me leave to flatter myself, my dear cousin, that your refusal of my addresses is merely words of course.
Your restoration to peace will, I doubt not, speedily follow this act of filial obedience, and I flatter myself with the hope of surviving my share in this disappointment.
The arrangement was understood to be merely temporary, and was made as much with a view to flatter his neighbors as in obedience to the invariable rule of Indian policy.
In short, he so blended the warlike with the artful, the obvious with the obscure, as to flatter the propensities of both parties, and to leave to each subject of hope, while neither could say it clearly comprehended his intentions.
If you want to win affection and respect in this world, you must flatter people.
If you are a civilian, the windows of this house flatter you worse than a newspaper, but if you're a soldier, they do you a grave injustice.
The "man of great merit," who was still a novice in court circles, wishing to flatter Anna Pavlovna by defending her former position on this question, observed:
What flatters the worldly pride in a young man is what fascinates him with Thackeray.