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 flattens, or if 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) [transitive] to destroy something completely

Entire neighbourhoods were flattened during the bombing raids.

3) [transitive] to press yourself against something

I flattened myself against the wall.

4) [transitive] informal to knock someone down by hitting them hard
5) [transitive] informal to completely defeat someone in a fight, argument etc
Phrasal verbs:

English dictionary. 2014.

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  • 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

  • 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

  • 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

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

  • 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

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

  • 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

  • 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

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