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Definition of BOAST

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Boast \Boast\, v. i. [imp. & p. p. {Boasted}; p. pr. & vb. n. {Boasting}.] [OE. bosten, boosten, v., bost, boost, n., noise, boasting; cf. G. bausen, bauschen, to swell, pusten, Dan. puste, Sw. pusta, to blow, Sw. p["o]sa to swell; or W. bostio to boast, bost boast, Gael. bosd. But these last may be from English.]
     1. To vaunt one's self; to brag; to say or tell things which are intended to give others a high opinion of one's self or of things belonging to one's self; as, to boast of one's exploits courage, descent, wealth. [1913 Webster]

              By grace are ye saved through faith; and that not of yourselves: . . not of works, lest any man should boast.                                --Eph. ii. 8,
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     2. To speak in exulting language of another; to glory; to exult. [1913 Webster]

              In God we boast all the day long.     --Ps. xliv. 8 [1913 Webster]

     Syn: To brag; bluster; vapor; crow; talk big.
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The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.48 [gcide]

Boast \Boast\, v. t.
     1. To display in ostentatious language; to speak of with pride, vanity, or exultation, with a view to self-commendation; to extol. [1913 Webster]

              Lest bad men should boast
              Their specious deeds.                 --Milton. [1913 Webster]

     2. To display vaingloriously.
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     3. To possess or have; as, to boast a name.
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     {To boast one's self}, to speak with unbecoming confidence in, and approval of, one's self; -- followed by of and the thing to which the boasting relates. [Archaic] [1913 Webster]

              Boast not thyself of to-morrow.       --Prov. xxvii.
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The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.48 [gcide]

Boast \Boast\, v. t. [Of uncertain etymology.]
     1. (Masonry) To dress, as a stone, with a broad chisel.
        --Weale.
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     2. (Sculp.) To shape roughly as a preparation for the finer work to follow; to cut to the general form required. [1913 Webster]

The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.48 [gcide]

Boast \Boast\, n.
     1. Act of boasting; vaunting or bragging.
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              Reason and morals? and where live they most, In Christian comfort, or in Stoic boast! --Byron. [1913 Webster]

     2. The cause of boasting; occasion of pride or exultation, -- sometimes of laudable pride or exultation. [1913 Webster]

              The boast of historians.              --Macaulay. [1913 Webster]

The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.48 [gcide]

89 Moby Thesaurus words for "boast":
     aggrandize, be enfeoffed of, be possessed of, be seized of, blow, bluster, boastfulness, boasting, bombast, bounce, brag, braggadocio, braggartism, bragging, bravado, bully, catch, claim, cock-a-doodle-doo, command, conceit, crow, diamond, draw the longbow, ego-trip, enjoy, exalt, fanfaronade, fill, find, fish for compliments, flaunt, flourish, gasconade, gasconism, gem, glory, godsend, good thing, gush, have, have and hold, have in hand, have no self-doubt, have tenure of, heroics, hold, jactation, jactitation, jewel, know it all, mouth, occupy, parade, pearl, pique, plum, plume, possess, prate, preen, pride, pride and joy, prize, puff, quack, rodomontade, ruffle, show off, side, speak for Buncombe, squat, squat on, swagger, swash, swashbuckle, talk big, treasure, triumph, trophy, trouvaille, usucapt, vanity, vapor, vaunt, vauntery, vaunting, windfall, winner


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