Verb > Flatter

Verb – Flatter

(+ object)

1 : to praise (someone) in a way that is not sincere

He flattered her with comments about her youthful appearance.

His comments flattered her.

You’re just flattering me.

2 : to cause (someone) to feel pleased by showing respect, affection, or admiration

It flattered her to be asked to sing at their wedding.

— usually used as (be) flattered

She was flattered when they asked her to sing.

I’m flattered that he asked me out, but he isn’t my type.

3 a : to show or describe (someone or something) in a way that is very favorable or too favorable

That portrait flatters him. (=that portrait makes him look better than he really does)

b : to cause (someone or something) to look as attractive as possible

That dress really flatters your figure.

flatter yourself

to believe something about yourself that makes you feel pleased or proud

Don’t flatter yourself—you don’t sing any better than we do.

I flatter myself on my skill in dancing. = I flatter myself that I’m a good dancer.