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boast

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noun \ ˈbōst \

Definition of boast

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

boastful

play \ˈbōst-fəl\ adjective

boastfully

play \-fə-lē\ adverb

boastfulness

noun

Examples of boast in a Sentence

  1. When he says he's the richest man in town, he's not just making an idle boast.

  2. We were offended by his boast that he would easily beat us.

  3. The museum's proudest boast is its collection of rare gems.

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Origin and Etymology of boast

Middle English boost


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boast

verb

Definition of boast

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.
2 a :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

boaster

noun

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Origin and Etymology of boast

see 1boast

Synonym Discussion of boast

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

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boast

verb

Definition of boast

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

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Origin and Etymology of boast

origin unknown

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BOAST Defined for English Language Learners

boast

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noun

Definition of boast for English Language Learners

  • : 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


BOAST Defined for Kids

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boast

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verb \ ˈbōst \

Definition of boast for Students

boasted; boasting
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.

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boast

noun

Definition of boast for Students

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

boastful

\ˈbōst-fəl\ adjective

boastfully

adverb


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