Definition of “flatter” - English Dictionary

“flatter” in English

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flatterverb [ 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 Learner's Dictionary & Thesaurus © Cambridge University Press)

“flatter” in American English

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flatterverb [ T ]

us /ˈflæt̬·ər/

to make someone feel important 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 best ever was too obvious an attempt at flattery.

(Definition of “flatter” from the Cambridge Academic Content Dictionary © Cambridge University Press)

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We must be careful not to try to give the euro a global dimension, which would flatter our vanity, but would multiply the risks we face.
The fact that certain countries insist on long transitional periods or on postponing the date of application does not flatter its supporters.
Our group will nevertheless continue to defend them and to oppose those who, in order to flatter their electorate, strive to tone them down or postpone them indefinitely.