boast

noun
\ 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

boast

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

boast

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

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 That boast came less than a week after labeling himself a generational player. Chris Fedor, cleveland, 30 July 2021 Although many holiday celebrations in L.A. boast over-the-top displays of lights, loud Christmas tunes and mega-doses of seasonal cheer, the California Botanic Garden offers a more peaceful alternative. Los Angeles Times, 2 Dec. 2021 Leveraging digital solutions, fashion brands can make a boast of new technological advances, giving their products an advantage over their competitors while satisfying their customer base. Joseph Deacetis, Forbes, 4 Nov. 2021 Elkabetz, the company’s chief executive, regularly declares that Tomorrow.io’s goal is to become the biggest weather company in the world, a boast that has annoyed market leaders AccuWeather and IBM’s The Weather Company. BostonGlobe.com, 5 Sep. 2021 Both Cerebral and Ginger boast networks that are far more diverse than the U.S. (49% and 50% respectively). Tarun Galagali, STAT, 30 Dec. 2021 Philadelphia and New York boast world-class collections of the artist’s work. Mary Carole Mccauley, baltimoresun.com, 24 Nov. 2021 All the detritus of racial capitalism, trailing without inhibition its paltry, intimidating boast while the world burns. Jacqueline Rose, The New York Review of Books, 5 Nov. 2020 But Mayfield also lacks the same special physical traits that Mahomes, Allen and Jackson boast. Mike Jones, USA TODAY, 21 Oct. 2021 Recent Examples on the Web: Verb Oil companies frequently boast about their efforts to produce clean energy in advertisements and social media posts accompanied by sleek videos or pictures of wind turbines. Matthew Daly, ajc, 28 Oct. 2021 Oil companies frequently boast about their efforts to produce clean energy in advertisements and social media posts accompanied by sleek videos or pictures of wind turbines. Matthew Daly, Chron, 28 Oct. 2021 Oil companies frequently boast about their efforts to produce clean energy in advertisements and social media posts accompanied by sleek videos or pictures of wind turbines. Matthew Daly, Anchorage Daily News, 28 Oct. 2021 But sometimes people who boast about being the only person who will say things find out there’s a reason no one else says them. Bill Goodykoontz, The Arizona Republic, 6 Aug. 2021 Where many artists boast about their greatness, indie up-and-comer Serena Isioma is more focused on self-improvement. Stephen Daw, Billboard, 4 Dec. 2020 Supercar makers rarely boast about ground clearance, breakover angles, or wading depths. Mike Duff, Car and Driver, 29 Oct. 2020 On the economy, for example, expect Trump to boast about the first three years of his term, when unemployment was dropping, business was humming and wages were rising. John Wildermuth, SFChronicle.com, 29 Sep. 2020 Promoting a prejudiced discourse, which Greece and the GCs boast about, will never serve that end. WSJ, 25 Sep. 2020

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First Known Use of boast

Noun

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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More Definitions for boast

boast

noun

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

boast

verb
\ 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.

boast

noun

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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