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Definition of boast (Meaning of boast)
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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.
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	              Lest bad men should boast
	              Their specious deeds.                 --Milton.
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	     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]
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	              Boast not thyself of to-morrow.       --Prov. xxvii.
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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.
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	              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.
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	              In God we boast all the day long.     --Ps. xliv. 8
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	     Syn: To brag; bluster; vapor; crow; talk big.
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	  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.
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	  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.
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	     2. The cause of boasting; occasion of pride or exultation, --
	        sometimes of laudable pride or exultation.
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	              The boast of historians.              --Macaulay.
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From The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.44
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