Boast



to speak with exaggeration and excessive pride, especially about oneself.
to speak with pride (often followed by of):
He boasted of his family’s wealth.
to speak of with excessive pride or vanity:
He boasts himself a genius.
to be proud in the possession of:
The town boasts a new school.
a thing boasted of; a cause for pride:
Talent is his boast. It is her boast that she has never betrayed a friend.
exaggerated or objectionable speech; bragging:
empty boasts and threats.
to dress or shape (stone) roughly.
Contemporary Examples

How to Get the VIP Treatment in Moscow Jolie Hunt February 26, 2010
In Defense of Jonathan Franzen Michelle Goldberg September 25, 2013
What Market Panic? Halcyon Days for Silicon Valley Zachary Karabell March 6, 2012
Obama’s War Crime Michael Ware October 23, 2011
America Is Not Doomed Daniel Gross July 6, 2013

Historical Examples

‘Brother Bosch’, an Airman’s Escape from Germany Gerald Featherstone Knight
Clarissa, Volume 1 (of 9) Samuel Richardson
The Philosophy of Spinoza Baruch de Spinoza
Ester Ried Yet Speaking Isabella Alden
Pastoral Poetry and Pastoral Drama Walter W. Greg

verb
(intransitive; sometimes foll by of or about) to speak in exaggerated or excessively proud terms of one’s possessions, skills, or superior qualities; brag
(transitive) to possess (something to be proud of): the city boasts a fine cathedral
noun
a bragging statement
a possession, attribute, attainment, etc, that is or may be bragged about
verb
(transitive) to shape or dress (stone) roughly with a broad chisel
noun
a stroke in which the ball is hit on to one of the side walls before hitting the front wall
verb
to hit (the ball) in this way or make such a stroke
n.
v.

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