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verb flatten pronunciation in British English /ˈflæt(ə)n/
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present tense
present participleflattening
past tenseflattened
past participleflattened

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    flatten out

    [intransitive/transitive] if something flattens, or if you flatten it, it becomes flat or flatter
    This exercise helps to flatten a flabby stomach.
    A longer pile carpet will flatten over time.
  2. 2
    [transitive] to destroy something completely
    Entire neighbourhoods were flattened during the bombing raids.
  3. 3
    [transitive] to press yourself against something
    I flattened myself against the wall.

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a course of study which is much shorter than a university course and focuses on the skills you need for a job, especially computer-related skills

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an ancient Roman system of underfloor heating, used to heat houses with hot air; from the Latin 'hypocaustum'

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