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flatterverb [T]

uk   /ˈflæt.ər/  us   /ˈflæt̬.ɚ/
to ​praise someone in ​order to make them ​feelattractive 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 ​excellentspeaker.flatter to deceive to give the ​appearance of being ​better than the ​truesituation: 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 ​feelimportant: 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 ​ourparty. 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 Learner’s Dictionary & Thesaurus © Cambridge University Press)

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flatterverb [T]

 us   /ˈflæt̬·ər/
to make someone ​feelimportant or ​attractive, or to ​praise someone in ​order to ​please him or her: They were flattered by the ​invitation from the ​mayor.
flattery
noun [U]  us   /ˈflæt̬·ə·ri/
Saying I was the ​bestever was too ​obvious an ​attempt at flattery.
(Definition of flatter from the Cambridge Academic Content Dictionary © Cambridge University Press)
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