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flatten

[flat-n] /ˈflæt n/
verb (used with object)
1.
to make flat.
2.
to knock down:
The boxer flattened his opponent in the second round.
verb (used without object)
3.
to become flat.
Verb phrases
4.
flatten in, Nautical, flat1 (def 61).
5.
flatten out, Aeronautics. to fly into a horizontal position, as after a dive.
Origin
1620-1630
1620-30; flat1 + -en1
Related forms
flattener, noun
overflatten, verb (used with object)
unflattened, adjective
Synonyms
2. ground, fell, prostrate, deck, floor.
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British Dictionary definitions for flattened out

flatten

/ˈflætən/
verb
1.
(sometimes foll by out) to make or become flat or flatter
2.
(transitive) (informal)
  1. to knock down or injure; prostrate
  2. to crush or subdue failure will flatten his self-esteem
3.
(transitive) (music) to lower the pitch of (a note) by one chromatic semitone Usual US word flat
4.
(intransitive) foll by out. to manoeuvre an aircraft into horizontal flight, esp after a dive
Derived Forms
flattener, noun
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Word Origin and History for flattened out

flatten

v.

late 14c., "to prostrate oneself," also "to fall flat," from flat (adj.) + -en (1). Meaning "to make flat" is 1620s. Related: Flattened; flattening.

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