flatten Definition

  • 1to make something flat or flatter
  • 2to knock someone down
  • 3to make something less extreme or less strong

Using flatten: Examples

Take a moment to familiarize yourself with how "flatten" can be used in various situations through the following examples!

  • Example

    I need to flatten this dough before baking.

  • Example

    The boxer was flattened by his opponent's punch.

  • Example

    The curve in the graph was flattened by the new data.

  • Example

    The company is trying to flatten the hierarchy and empower employees.

  • Example

    The hurricane flattened the entire town.

flatten Synonyms and Antonyms

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Phrases with flatten

  • to become flat or flatter


    The road flattened out after the steep hill.

  • to slow the spread of a contagious disease so that the number of cases does not exceed the capacity of the healthcare system


    Social distancing measures were implemented to flatten the curve of COVID-19 infections.

  • flatten someone/something out

    to defeat or overcome someone or something


    The team managed to flatten out their opponents in the second half of the game.


Summary: flatten in Brief

To 'flatten' [ˈflætn] means to make something flat, knock someone down, or make something less extreme. It can refer to physical actions like flattening dough or metaphorical ones like flattening a hierarchy. The phrase 'flatten the curve' refers to slowing the spread of a contagious disease. 'Flatten' has synonyms like 'level' and 'compress,' and informal terms like 'smoosh' and 'squish.'

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