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flat

adjective
 
 
/flæt/ (flatter, flattest)
COMMERCE, FINANCE if profits, sales, etc. are flat, they are not growing or increasing: Demand for our machinery abroad is increasing, while growth is flat at home.
STOCK MARKET if the stock market is flat, the prices of shares are not rising or falling: The market remained at 9,000 points after a flat day of trading yesterday.
fixed and without any additional costs: He submitted a flat price for completing the work, including all labour and materials.
HR used to describe the structure of an organization in which there are not many different levels of employees between the top and the bottom: Companies with a flat organizational structure can usually make decisions more quickly. →  Compare hierarchy
(Definition of flat adjective from the Cambridge Business English Dictionary © Cambridge University Press)
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