Definition of boast verb from the Oxford Advanced Learner's Dictionary

     

    boast

     verb
    verb
    BrE BrE//bəʊst//
     
    ; NAmE NAmE//boʊst//
     
    Verb Forms present simple I / you / we / they boast
    BrE BrE//bəʊst//
     
    ; NAmE NAmE//boʊst//
     
    he / she / it boasts
    BrE BrE//bəʊsts//
     
    ; NAmE NAmE//boʊsts//
     
    past simple boasted
    BrE BrE//ˈbəʊstɪd//
     
    ; NAmE NAmE//ˈboʊstɪd//
     
    past participle boasted
    BrE BrE//ˈbəʊstɪd//
     
    ; NAmE NAmE//ˈboʊstɪd//
     
    -ing form boasting
    BrE BrE//ˈbəʊstɪŋ//
     
    ; NAmE NAmE//ˈboʊstɪŋ//
     
    Proud
     
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  1. 1[intransitive, transitive] to talk with too much pride about something that you have or can do I don't want to boast, but I can actually speak six languages. boast about something She is always boasting about how wonderful her children are. boast of something He openly boasted of his skill as a burglar. boast that… Sam boasted that she could beat anyone at poker. + speech ‘I won!’ she boasted. See related entries: Proud
  2. 2[transitive] (not used in the progressive tenses) boast something to have something that is impressive and that you can be proud of The hotel also boasts two swimming pools and a golf course. Rhodes boasts 300 days of sunshine a year.
  3. Word Origin Middle English (as a noun): of unknown origin.Extra examples He openly boasted of his talents. This is a region which proudly boasts its own distinct culture. Hay’s booksellers justifiably boast that they cater for all tastes. I don’t want to boast, but I can actually speak six languages. The hotel boasts two swimming pools and a golf course.
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