tout

verb
\ ˈtau̇t How to pronounce tout (audio) , in sense 1 also ˈtüt How to pronounce tout (audio) \
touted; touting; touts

Definition of tout

 (Entry 1 of 2)

transitive verb

1 : to make much of : promote, talk up touted as the summer's blockbuster movie the college's much touted women's studies program
2 : to solicit, peddle, or persuade importunately not meant to tout you off the movie— Russell Baker
3 : to spy on : watch
4a British : to spy out information about (a racing stable, a horse, etc.)
b : to give a tip or solicit bets on (a racehorse)

intransitive verb

1 : to solicit patronage
2a chiefly British : to spy on racehorses in training to gain information for betting
b : to give a tip or solicit bets on a racehorse

tout

noun

Definition of tout (Entry 2 of 2)

: one who touts: such as
a : one who solicits patronage
b chiefly British : one who spies out racing information for betting purposes
c : one who gives tips or solicits bets on a racehorse

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Examples of tout in a Sentence

Verb

The company is running advertisements touting the drug's effectiveness. The company's stock is being touted by many financial advisers. People were touting tickets outside the stadium. People were touting outside the stadium.
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Recent Examples on the Web: Verb

The University of California, Berkeley is touting a new patent win in the CRISPR gene editing wars. Sy Mukherjee, Fortune, "Congress Is Investigating Private Equity’s Role in Huge Medical Bills: Brainstorm Health," 17 Sep. 2019 Celebrity chef Norman Van Aken touted Lee & Rick’s just recently when waxing poetic about Orlando’s venerable, old restaurants. Amy Drew Thompson, orlandosentinel.com, "Lee & Rick’s Oyster Bar ain’t boutique; it’s old Florida," 16 Sep. 2019 Regardless of whether Israel ever signs a mutual defense treaty, Netanyahu is already touting the mere discussion of it with Trump as a win. NBC News, "Why Trump's offer of a military alliance with Israel may not work," 16 Sep. 2019 State budget officials on Friday touted the interest rate as the state’s lowest on record. cleveland.com, "Trump campaign launching nationwide student grassroots program in Ohio: Capitol Letter," 16 Sep. 2019 The Dominican minister of tourism touted new safety measures put in place after the public relations nightmare that erupted over the summer following the deaths of at least nine American tourists at hotels in the Caribbean destination. Fox News, "Dominican Republic minister promotes safety measures after tourist deaths, insists island is safe," 14 Sep. 2019 Bishop and other Republicans touted an alternative bill that would boost drilling on federal lands and offshore. CBS News, "House approves bill to permanently bar oil drilling off Atlantic and Pacific coasts," 12 Sep. 2019 In a tweet about West's statement, AB-5 bill author Lorena Gonzalez touted that the law has an enforcement mechanism to prevent companies from continuing to misclassify workers as independent contractors instead of employees. Sara Ashley O'brien, CNN, "Uber claims new California law still won't force it to classify drivers as employees," 11 Sep. 2019 After drafting DeAndre Baker late in the first round, the Giants touted the Georgia cornerback as a great coverage guy who would give the team two shutdown players at the position, along with veteran Janoris Jenkins. Tom Canavan, courant.com, "Analysis: Bad year looming for Giants unless defense improves quickly," 9 Sep. 2019

Recent Examples on the Web: Noun

Fear, few answers While some tout vaping as a helpful way to stop smoking, there is not much research to support that claim. Lauren Caruba, ExpressNews.com, "‘These are 20-year-olds’: Vaping-related illnesses surface at San Antonio hospitals," 12 Sep. 2019 The Note 10 Plus touts stronger power, improved video and audio and a whole bunch of gimmicky features most readers won't be bothered with. Jefferson Graham, USA TODAY, "Pricey Samsung Galaxy Note 10 Plus does terrific video, at a cost," 20 Aug. 2019 This gratitude is sorely lacking in those today, on the left and the right, who condemn the Founding tout court. Daniel J. Mahoney, National Review, "Democracy’s Moral Foundations: Recovering Our ‘Constitution in Full’," 20 June 2019 Back then, as today, the Yeoman Warders were touts. William Booth, The Seattle Times, "The secrets of the royal ravenmaster at the Tower of London," 26 Oct. 2018 Assuming that whatever wellness regimen one particular influencer touts will get everyone who buys into it those same results is irresponsible. SELF, "7 Ways Experts and Influencers Can Make Their Nutrition Advice More Inclusive," 16 Oct. 2018 Je croyais avoir eu droit à tout : eh bien non ! Pour avoir dénoncé les horreurs de #Daech par tweets, la « justice » me soumet à une expertise psychiatrique ! Jusqu’où vont-ils aller ?! Jen Kirby, Vox, "French far-right leader Marine Le Pen has been ordered to take a psychiatric exam," 21 Sep. 2018 Eight of the governors Cox touts have approval ratings below 50 percent. Joe Garofoli, SFChronicle.com, "John Cox, California governor candidate, says business background a big boost," 9 July 2018 Jockeys, grooms, hotwalkers, clockers, racing touts, coffee-stand vendors, even Baffert himself. David Rovella, Bloomberg.com, "Your Evening Briefing," 4 May 2018

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First Known Use of tout

Verb

circa 1700, in the meaning defined at transitive sense 3

Noun

1853, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for tout

Verb

Middle English tuten to protrude, peer; probably akin to Old English tōtian to stick out, Norwegian tyte

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tout

verb

English Language Learners Definition of tout

 (Entry 1 of 2)

: to talk about (something or someone) as being very good, effective, skillful, etc.
British : to try to persuade people to buy your goods or services
British : to buy tickets for an event and resell them at a much higher price

tout

noun

English Language Learners Definition of tout (Entry 2 of 2)

US : a person who sells information about which horses are likely to win the races at a racetrack
British : a person who buys tickets for an event and resells them at a much higher price

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