• IPA: /ˈflætən/

flatten (flattens, present participle flattening; past and past participle flattened)

  1. (transitive) To make something flat or flatter.
    As there was a lot of damage, we chose the heavy roller to flatten the pitch.
    Mary would flatten the dough before rolling it into pretzels.
  2. (reflexive) To press one's body tightly against a surface, such as a wall or floor, especially in order to avoid being seen or harmed.
  3. (transitive) To knock down or lay low.
    The prize fighter quickly flattened his challenger.
  4. (intransitive) To become flat or flatter; to plateau.
    Prices have flattened out.
  5. (intransitive) To be knocked down or laid low.
  6. (music) To lower by a semitone.
  7. To make vapid or insipid; to render stale.
  8. (programming, transitive) To reduce (a data structure) to one that has fewer dimensions, e.g. a 2×2 array into a list of four elements.
  9. (computer graphics, transitive) To combine (separate layers) into a single image.
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  • Italian: appiattirsi

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