Cambridge Dictionaries online Cambridge Dictionaries online

The most popular online dictionary and thesaurus for learners of English

English definition of “flatter”

See all translations

flatter

verb [T] uk   /ˈflæt.ər/ us    /ˈflæt̬.ɚ/
to praise someone in order to make them feel attractive or important, sometimes in a way that is not sincere: I knew he was only flattering me because he wanted to borrow some money.flatter yourself to believe something good about yourself although it might not be true: [+ that] Steve flatters himself that he's an excellent speaker.flatter to deceive to give the appearance of being better than the true situation: I suspect these statistics flatter to deceive.be/feel flattered to feel very pleased and proud because someone has said good things about you or has made you feel important: She was flattered by his attention. They were flattered to be invited to dinner by the mayor. We felt flattered that so many people came to our party. to make someone look more attractive than usual: That new hairstyle really flatters her. Short skirts don't flatter me at all.
(Definition of flatter from the Cambridge Advanced Learners Dictionary & Thesaurus © Cambridge University Press)
What is the pronunciation of flatter?
Add Cambridge dictionaries to your browser to your website

More meanings of “flatter”

Definitions of “flatter” in other dictionaries

Word of the Day

luck

the force that causes things, especially good things, to happen to you by chance and not as a result of your own efforts or abilities

Word of the Day

A certain je ne sais quoi: French words and phrases used in English

by Liz Walter,
January 21, 2015
It is an odd irony that the more sophisticated your use of English is, the more likely you are to use French words and phrases. Or, to be more accurate, ones you know to be French – words such as ballet, au pair, abattoir, fiancé, café, and restaurant are so entrenched in

Read More 

flower beard noun

January 19, 2015
a beard adorned with flowers And some of said beard-rockers are even turning it up a notch, painting trend on top of trend with what’s come to be known as ‘the flower beard.’

Read More