\ ˈbōst How to pronounce boast (audio) \

Definition of boast

 (Entry 1 of 3)

1 : a statement expressing excessive pride in oneself : the act or an instance of boasting (see boast entry 2) : brag It may sound like a boast, but I truly am very wealthy.
2 : a cause for pride


verb (1)
boasted; boasting; boasts

Definition of boast (Entry 2 of 3)

intransitive verb

1 : to praise oneself extravagantly in speech : speak of oneself with excessive pride boasting about her accomplishments
2 archaic : glory, exult

transitive verb

1 : to speak of or assert with excessive pride He liked to boast that he was the richest man in town.
2a : to possess and often call attention to (something that is a source of pride) boasts a new stadium
b : have, contain a room boasting no more than a desk and a chair


verb (2)
boasted; boasting; boasts

Definition of boast (Entry 3 of 3)

transitive verb

: to shape (stone) roughly in sculpture and stonecutting as a preliminary to finer work

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Verb (1)

boaster noun

Synonyms for boast

Synonyms: Noun

Synonyms: Verb (1)

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Verb (1)

boast, brag, vaunt, crow mean to express pride in oneself or one's accomplishments. boast often suggests ostentation and exaggeration boasts of every trivial success , but it may imply a claiming with proper and justifiable pride. the town boasts one of the best museums in the area brag suggests crudity and artlessness in glorifying oneself. bragging of their exploits vaunt usually connotes more pomp and bombast than boast and less crudity or naïveté than brag. vaunted his country's military might crow usually implies exultant boasting or bragging. crowed after winning the championship

Examples of boast in a Sentence

Noun When he says he's the richest man in town, he's not just making an idle boast. We were offended by his boast that he would easily beat us. The museum's proudest boast is its collection of rare gems.
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Recent Examples on the Web: Noun That’s not ideal considering that Porter and Bjelica boast career 3-point clips, respectively, of 40.2% and 38.7%. Connor Letourneau, San Francisco Chronicle, 10 Oct. 2021 These deals exist despite the fact that CEFs boast sky-high yields, with an average payout of 6.2% across all 500 or so of these funds. Michael Foster, Forbes, 14 Sep. 2021 The M1 MacBooks boast killer performance and battery life. Medea Giordan, Wired, 8 Aug. 2021 Puig adds that the marina of Fisher Island was designed for mega-yachts to dock, while the turnkey residences of PDL boast interiors designed by Bottega Veneta, Poltrona Frau, Sam Robin, and Champalimaud Design. Mary Elizabeth Andriotis, House Beautiful, 2 Aug. 2021 These boast versatility and design factor, doubling as tops with coordinating bottoms for a workout or mixed with ready-to-wear staples like jeans and skirts outside the gym. Laura Lajiness, Vogue, 27 July 2021 Both Murkowski and Tshibaka boast of their Alaska bona fides. Manu Raju And Alex Rogers, CNN, 4 Oct. 2021 Both boast adaptive 120Hz refresh rates for smoother scrolling in apps, for instance. Mike Snider, USA TODAY, 11 Aug. 2021 Ariana Grande leads all acts with five No. 1 starts; Justin Bieber and Drake also each boast four. Gary Trust, Billboard, 19 July 2021 Recent Examples on the Web: Verb Now consider its German competition, all of which boast a turbocharged four and automatic transmission and cost considerably more. Tribune News Service, cleveland, 2 Oct. 2021 The grain-free foods boast a distinctly Mexican-American flavor profile and vibe, and the company celebrates a plethora of nutrient-dense ingredients in their tortillas (cassava, chia, and almond are a few). Shayna Harris, Forbes, 16 Sep. 2021 But others like Picniic and Our Home boast several similar features that keep you organized—and all three have free versions that are more than sufficient at keeping your family commitments and tasks organized and running smoothly. Salina Jivani, Wired, 11 Sep. 2021 For the financiers who invest in shipping containers — which boast solid, stable returns and are a popular alternative asset — the market environment is favorable. Julia Horowitz, CNN, 8 Sep. 2021 Democrats can boast a strong platform of popular policies that might ameliorate some of America’s biggest problems, and can make a riveting case that the Republican Party is as cruel, illiberal, and irresponsible as ever. Jason Linkins, The New Republic, 6 Sep. 2021 Some villas boast a bathtub with a view, and all promise king-size beds made up with textiles hand-crafted by local artisans. Nina Ruggiero, Travel + Leisure, 27 July 2021 The numbers tell the story of how teams leading 3-1 in a best-of-seven series in the conference finals boast a 52-4 record and how teams are 251-13 in any best-of-seven series. Los Angeles Times, 27 June 2021 Local nurseries often boast the most dedicated and knowledgeable staff, and Buchanan's is no different. Sarah Sarder, Chron, 3 June 2021

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First Known Use of boast


14th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1

Verb (1)

14th century, in the meaning defined at intransitive sense 1

Verb (2)

1823, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for boast

Noun and Verb (1)

Middle English boost

Verb (2)

origin unknown

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English Language Learners Definition of boast

: a statement in which you express too much pride in yourself or in something you have, have done, or are connected to in some way
: a reason to be proud : something impressive that someone or something has or has done


\ ˈbōst How to pronounce boast (audio) \
boasted; boasting

Kids Definition of boast

 (Entry 1 of 2)

1 : to express too much pride in a person's own qualities, possessions, or achievements Players on the other team boasted of their strength.
2 : to have and be proud of having Our school boasts more top students than any other in the city.



Kids Definition of boast (Entry 2 of 2)

1 : an act of expressing too much pride in a person's own qualities, possessions, or achievements
2 : a cause for pride

Other Words from boast

boastful \ ˈbōst-​fəl \ adjective
boastfully adverb

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