flatten

  • 1 Flatten — Flat ten (fl[a^]t t n), v. t. [imp. & p. p. {Flattened}; p. pr. & vb. n. {Flattening}.] [From {Flat}, a.] 1. To reduce to an even surface or one approaching evenness; to make flat; to level; to make plane. [1913 Webster] 2. To throw down; to… …

    The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • 2 flatten — UK US /ˈflætən/ verb [I or T] ► to stop increasing or stop something from increasing: »to flatten prices/profits »The economy hit a peak about a year ago and now it s flattening. ► HR to reduce the number of different levels of managers and other …

    Financial and business terms

  • 3 flatten — [flat′ n] vt. 1. to make flat or flatter 2. Informal to knock down; make prostrate 3. to level to the ground vi. 1. to become flat or flatter 2. to become prostrate flatten out 1 …

    English World dictionary

  • 4 Flatten — Flat ten, v. i. To become or grow flat, even, depressed, dull, vapid, spiritless, or depressed below pitch. [1913 Webster] …

    The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • 5 flatten — index depress Burton s Legal Thesaurus. William C. Burton. 2006 …

    Law dictionary

  • 6 flatten — late 14c., to prostrate oneself, also to fall flat, from FLAT (Cf. flat) + EN (Cf. en) (1). Meaning to make flat is 1620s. Related: Flattened; flattening …

    Etymology dictionary

  • 7 flatten — [v] level out abrade, beat down, compress, crush, debase, deflate, depress, even out, fell, floor, flush, grade, ground, iron out, knock down, lay, lay low, mow down, plane, plaster*, prostrate, raze, roll, smash, smooth, spread out, squash,… …

    New thesaurus

  • 8 flatten — ► VERB 1) make or become flat or flatter. 2) informal knock down. DERIVATIVES flattener noun …

    English terms dictionary

  • 9 flatten — [[t]flæ̱t(ə)n[/t]] flattens, flattening, flattened 1) V ERG If you flatten something or if it flattens, it becomes flat or flatter. [V n] He carefully flattened the wrappers and put them between the leaves of his book... The dog s ears flattened… …

    English dictionary

  • 10 flatten — flat|ten [ flætn ] verb 1. ) flatten or flatten out intransitive or transitive if something flattens or you flatten it, it becomes flat or flatter: This exercise helps to flatten a flabby stomach. A longer pile carpet will flatten over time. 2. ) …

    Usage of the words and phrases in modern English

  • 11 flatten — UK [ˈflæt(ə)n] / US verb Word forms flatten : present tense I/you/we/they flatten he/she/it flattens present participle flattening past tense flattened past participle flattened 1) flatten or flatten out [intransitive/transitive] if something… …

    English dictionary

  • 12 flatten — flat|ten [ˈflætn] v 1.) also flatten out [I and T] to make something flat or flatter, or to become flat or flatter ▪ Use a rolling pin to flatten the dough. ▪ The land flattened out as we neared the coast. 2.) [T] to destroy a building or town by …

    Dictionary of contemporary English

  • 13 flatten — flattener, n. /flat n/, v.t. 1. to make flat. 2. to knock down: The boxer flattened his opponent in the second round. v.i. 3. to become flat. 4. flatten in, Naut. See flat1 (def. 57). 5 …

    Universalium

  • 14 flatten — verb a) To make something flat or flatter. As there was a lot of damage, we chose the heavy roller to flatten the pitch. b) To knock down or lay low. Mary would flatten the dough before rolling it into pretzels …

    Wiktionary

  • 15 flatten — verb 1 (I, T) also flatten out to make something flat or flatter or to become flat or flatter: Noah flattened the cardboard boxes before throwing them away. | The land flattened out as we neared the coast. 2 (T) to destroy a building or town by… …

    Longman dictionary of contemporary English

  • 16 flatten — [ˈflæt(ə)n] verb [I/T] to become flat, or to make something flat This exercise helps to flatten a flabby stomach.[/ex] • flatten (sth) out …

    Dictionary for writing and speaking English

  • 17 flatten — verb Flatten is used with these nouns as the object: ↑building, ↑ear …

    Collocations dictionary

  • 18 flatten — verb 1) Flynn flattened the crumpled paper Syn: make flat, make even, smooth (out/off), level (out/off) 2) the cows flattened the grass Syn: compress, press down, crush, squash, compact, trample 3) …

    Thesaurus of popular words

  • 19 flatten — verb 1) Tom flattened the crumpled paper Syn: make/become flat, even out, smooth out, level 2) the cows flattened the grass Syn: squash, compress, press down, crush, compact, trample 3) …

    Synonyms and antonyms dictionary

  • 20 flatten — flat•ten [[t]ˈflæt n[/t]] v. t. 1) to make flat (sometimes fol. by out) 2) to knock down; fell 3) to become flat (sometimes fol. by out) 4) phv aer. flatten out, to fly (an aircraft) into a horizontal position, as after a dive • Etymology:… …

    From formal English to slang