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adjective flat pronunciation in British English /flæt/
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  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 inwards or outwards
      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.
  3. 4
    lacking emotion, interest, or excitement
    Ben’s voice was curiously flat when he told us the news.
    The victory celebrations seemed rather flat.
  4. 5
    said directly and definitely
    a flat refusal
    It was a flat statement of fact, with no apology.



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