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Definition of flatter:

  1. A drawplate with a narrow, rectangular orifice, for drawing flat strips, as watch springs, etc.
  2. A flat- faced fulling hammer.
  3. One who, or that which, makes flat or flattens.
  4. To portray too favorably; to give a too favorable idea of; as, his portrait flatters him.
  5. To raise hopes in; to encourage or favorable, but sometimes unfounded or deceitful, representations.
  6. To treat with praise or blandishments; to gratify or attempt to gratify the self- love or vanity of, esp. by artful and interested commendation or attentions; to blandish; to cajole; to wheedle.
  7. To use flattery or insincere praise.


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