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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.

Synonyms:

blandish, grace, bribe, beautify, transform, court, puff, make over, pamper, slaver, embellish, embrace, massage, overpraise, suit, cozy up, kowtow to, pet, laud, ornament, butter up, sweet-talk, kiss, keep in with, make up to, decorate, go with, adorn, enrich, plume, belaud, fondle, become, buy off, honey, maneuver, enhance, illuminate, soft-soap, pique, hero-worship, caress, gussy up, blackmail, buy, grovel, cultivate, beautiful, coddle, stroke, agree, blarney.

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