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Give insincere praise that's less sparkling (7)


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'give' is the definition.
The definition and answer can be both to do with communicating as well as being verbs in their base form.
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(Other definitions for flatter that I've seen before include "drier" , "Become" , "Less hilly; show to advantage" , "Fawn, blandish" , "Compliment dishonestly" .)

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