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boast

verb

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1 to praise or express pride in one's own possessions, qualities, or accomplishments often to excess
  • he boasted about his latest killing in real estate so I thought he should be the one to pay for dinner

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2 to have within
  • the hotel boasts nearly 50 rooms

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boast

noun

Synonyms & Antonyms of boast (Entry 2 of 2)

an asset that brings praise or renown
  • the school's boast was a winning football team

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How is the word boast distinct from other similar verbs?

Some common synonyms of boast are brag, crow, and vaunt. While all these words mean "to express pride in oneself or one's accomplishments," boast often suggests ostentation and exaggeration, but it may imply a claiming with proper and justifiable pride.

boasts of every trivial success

the town boasts one of the best museums in the area

When might brag be a better fit than boast?

The words brag and boast can be used in similar contexts, but brag suggests crudity and artlessness in glorifying oneself.

bragging of their exploits

When is crow a more appropriate choice than boast?

In some situations, the words crow and boast are roughly equivalent. However, crow usually implies exultant boasting or bragging.

crowed after winning the championship

How is vaunt related to other words for boast?

Vaunt usually connotes more pomp and bombast than boast and less crudity or naïveté than brag.

vaunted his country's military might

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The first known use of boast was in the 14th century

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“Boast.” Merriam-Webster.com Thesaurus, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/thesaurus/boast. Accessed 4 Mar. 2021.

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