\ 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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Other Words from boast

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 The boast of 5,000 jobs refers to the number of workers dispatched from union halls. Ralph Vartabedian, Los Angeles Times, 6 May 2021 Sweet Earth’s new offerings each boast 13 grams of protein per serving. Janet Forgrieve, Forbes, 26 May 2021 So far, Zomato has raised over $2 billion—half of which was in the last year alone—from a boast-worthy roster of investors including Tiger Global, Steadview Capital, and Mirae Asset Venture Investment. Ananya Bhattacharya, Quartz, 29 Apr. 2021 The Anteaters, who took three of four from Cal Poly last week, have won seven of their last nine games and boast and impressive 11-1 record at home this season. Joe Freeman, oregonlive, 23 Apr. 2021 There are hybrids available, some of which boast over 50 MPG, a great thing. Josh Max, Forbes, 19 Apr. 2021 Music’s queen loves to wear blazer dresses and fitted suits, but the pieces she and her stylist, Zerina Akers, select boast unique embellishments that set them apart. Janelle Okwodu, Vogue, 16 Apr. 2021 The six bedrooms and 7.5 bathrooms boast Moroccan style, and more modern upgrades include dual-pane windows and a Nest security system. Jack Flemming, Los Angeles Times, 21 Apr. 2021 There are many companies and outfits that boast not only high tech (and high dollar) kayaks and accessories, but the trend for customization is limitless. Jim Gronaw,, 3 Apr. 2021 Recent Examples on the Web: Verb Teak, rubber, rice, fish, gold, rubies, amber and more—few Southeast Asian nations can boast such natural wealth. Tom Nagorski, WSJ, 4 June 2021 Intel rightly could boast Ghost Canyon’s better cooling and ease of building were a worthwhile trade for flexibility and customization. Alaina Yee, PCWorld, 31 May 2021 The sporting area will boast murals by fine artist Phil Simpson and a new artistic creation by Sheefy McFly, who is painting a mural at the roller rink. Duante Beddingfield, Detroit Free Press, 27 May 2021 Directed by Joe and Anthony Russo, the project — which is set to launch a new franchise revolving around Gosling's character of Court Gentry — will boast a budget upward of $200 million, Deadline previously reported. Gabrielle Chung,, 27 May 2021 Icon will also boast additional insights from the perspective of several musicians, such as Josh Homme, Lars Ulrich, Ziggy Marley, Alice Cooper, Craig David, Stefflon Don, Julian Lennon, and Dizzee Rascal. Jon Blistein, Rolling Stone, 26 May 2021 Only Israel, whose population is just over 9 million, Seychelles (population: 100,000), and San Marino (33,000) can boast a higher percentage. Annalisa Merelli, Quartz, 25 May 2021 Only Hi-Mountain Drug can boast a similar kind of consistency. Heather L. King, The Salt Lake Tribune, 20 May 2021 The iPhone 13 Pro models, for example, will reportedly boast a 120Hz ProMotion display for improved responsiveness and more fluid scrolling. Yoni Heisler, BGR, 17 May 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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The first known use of boast was in the 14th century

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11 Jun 2021

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“Boast.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 14 Jun. 2021.

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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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