- 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[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. 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.
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