flatten flatten  /f ˈlæ tən/


  1. (v) make flat or flatter
  2. (v) become flat or flatter
  3. (v) lower the pitch of (musical notes)



  1. As the stimulus wears off, I expect that we will flatten out in the big developed economies not have a double dip as the economic bears would argue, but just flatten out.
  2. In early October the FDA approved use of the NuvaRing, a thin flexible plastic ring that women can flatten like a rubber band and insert once a month into the vagina.
  3. Williams needed about an hour to flatten her in each of their two matches this year.


  1. Global Macro: Rising Treasury Rates an Overreaction to Fed

    As Treasury rates rise on Bernanke's comments last week, economic data may be pointing toward a flattening of the yield curve.
    on June 24, 2013     Source: TheStreet.com via Yahoo! Finance

  2. Pride Issue: Genderqueers Face the Real World

    On a recent interview for a job with a talent agency, Eli, 23, wore a man's shirt tucked into pants and boots—and a breast binder to flatten her chest. "Whenever a woman interview candidate walked out of the office, she was wearing a tight-fitted dress with heels," the recent Tu...
    on June 19, 2013     Source: The Village Voice

  3. Stile: Tax report puts ally in Christie’s line of fire

    Governor Christie’s reelection steamroller seems willing to flatten anything that threatens a double-digit triumph at the polls in November — including an ally.
    on June 18, 2013     Source: The Record


  1. In his first book, "Dreams from My Father," Barack Obama described the marijuana that he smoked as a young man as "something that could flatten out the landscape of my heart, blur the edges of my memory."
    on Jun 24, 2007 By: Barack Obama Source: New Yorker

  2. "I have enough at this stage of the game to not only survive but to win and bring the experience to offset any young energy that thinks they will run in there and steamroll the old man," Hopkins said. "There is a truck coming. I will flatten...
    on Oct 17, 2008 By: Bernard Hopkins Source: Sydney Morning Herald

  3. "It is our view that only a global economic recession that lowers demand can flatten this trend," Gould said.
    on Jan 18, 2008 By: Andrew Gould Source: Forbes

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