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Date: 1100-1200
Language: Old French
Origin: flater 'to move the tongue against, flatter'

flatter

verb
     
flat‧ter [transitive]
1 to praise someone in order to please them or get something from them, even though you do not mean it:
Perry would always flatter Mrs. Mitchell by praising her cooking.
2 to make someone look as attractive as they can [= suit]:
That dress really flatters your figure.
3 to make something look or seem more important or better than it is:
Lewis's novel doesn't flatter Midwestern attitudes and morals.
4

flatter yourself

if you flatter yourself that something is true about your abilities or achievements, you make yourself believe it is true, although it is not
flatter yourself that
She flatters herself that she could have been a model.
flatterer noun [countable]
WORD FOCUS: praise WORD FOCUS: praise
similar words: compliment v, n, say good things about

to praise someone a lot: rave about, gush, sing somebody's praises

to praise someone in an insincere way: flatter, butter up


See also
praise

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