praise too much; praise insincerely (in order to please)
give a feeling of pleasure to
show (sb) as better than sb is
I mock my name, great king, to flatter thee.
出自：Richard II , Shakespeare
这个男孩自以为作文写得好。 flatter sb on sth
He flattered her on her cooking.
The chairman flatters himself on his judgment of people.
主席自认为他审视人比别人高明。 flatter oneself that-clause
I flatter myself that my judgment is usually correct.
The government is flattering itself that it can win the next election.
We flatter ourselves that we provide the best service in town.
They flattered themselves that they would win.
He flattered himself that he spoke French with a perfect accent.
He flattered himself with the hope of recovering his pen.
You flatter me with your concern for my health.