flatten [flat′'n]
1. to make flat or flatter
2. Informal to knock down; make prostrate
3. to level to the ground
1. to become flat or flatter
2. to become prostrate
flatten out
1. to make or become flat or flatter by spreading out
2. Aeron. LEVEL OFF (sense 2) (at LEVEL)

English World dictionary. . 2014.


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  • 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

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  • 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 — 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

  • 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

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