Definition of vaunt in English:

vaunt

Syllabification: vaunt
Pronunciation: /vônt, vänt
 
/

verb

[with object] (usually as adjective vaunted)
  • Boast about or praise (something), especially excessively: the much vaunted information superhighway
    More example sentences
    • For all of our much vaunted independence, scratch an American of Anglo descent and you'll find a bit of a Briton.
    • So much for the much vaunted transparency and accountability policy.
    • Even the country's much vaunted success in the IT industry needs to be put in perspective, he says.
    Synonyms
    boast about, brag about, make much of, crow about, parade, flaunt; acclaim, trumpet, praise, extol, celebrate
    informal show off about, hype
    formal laud

noun

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  • A boast.

Derivatives

vaunter

noun

vauntingly

adverb
More example sentences
  • It is as if he caught a glimpse of a way to resolve the traumas - of race, allegiance, identity, inequality - that have beset America since it declared itself, vauntingly, impossibly, ‘the land of the free’.

Origin

late Middle English: the noun a shortening of obsolete avaunt 'boasting, a boast'; the verb (originally in the sense 'use boastful language') from Old French vanter, from late Latin vantare, based on Latin vanus 'vain, empty'.

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