|boast 1 (bst)|
v. boast·ed, boast·ing, boasts
To glorify oneself in speech; talk in a self-admiring way.
1. To speak of with excessive pride.
2. To possess or own (a desirable feature): [the] capital of a region in the southeast that boasts bountiful coal fields (US Air).
3. To contain; have.
1. The act or an instance of bragging.
2. A source of pride.
[Middle English bosten, from bost, a brag.]
boaster n. boastful adj. boastful·ly adv. boastful·ness n.
Synonyms: boast1, brag, crow2, vaunt
These verbs all mean to speak with pride, often excessive pride, about oneself or something related to oneself. Boast is the most general: We confide [that is, have confidence] in our strength, without boasting of it; we respect that of others, without fearing it (Thomas Jefferson).
Brag implies exaggerated claims and often an air of insolent superiority: He bragged about his grades.
Crow stresses exultation and often loud rejoicing: No candidate should crow until the votes have been counted.
Vaunt suggests ostentatiousness and lofty extravagance of expression: He did not vaunt of his new dignity, but I understood he was highly pleased with it (James Boswell).
Usage Note: Some have objected to the use of boast as a transitive verb meaning to possess or own (a desirable feature), as in This network boasts an audience with a greater concentration of professionals and managers than any other broadcast vehicle. This usage is by now well established, however, and is acceptable to 62 percent of the Usage Panel.