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adjective flat pronunciation in American English /flæt/ 
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adjectiveflat
comparativeflatter
superlativeflattest
  1. 1
    level and parallel to the ground

    The building has a flat roof.

    You need a flat surface to work on.

    1. a.
      smooth on the surface, with no lumps or slopes

      The farmland is very flat.

      a firm flat stomach

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    2. b.
      thin and wide and not curving inward or outward

      a monitor with a flat screen

      She put the fruit on a large flat plate.

  2. 2
    stretched out or lying on a surface

    Stand with your feet flat on the floor.

    flat on your back:

    She was flat on her back asleep.

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  3. 3
    a flat rate or amount is the same in all situations, so that you do not pay more or less

    The bank charges a flat fee of $15 for money transfers.

  4. 4
    lacking emotion, interest, or excitement

    Ben's voice was curiously flat when he told us the news.

    The victory celebrations seemed a little flat.

  5. 5
    said directly and definitely

    a flat refusal

    It was a flat statement of fact, with no apology.

  6. 9
    flat shoes have very low heels or no heels
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  7. 12
    used for describing an organization or system in which there are not many different levels of status

    Many companies are adopting a flatter management structure.

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