verb[with object] (usually as adjective vaunted)
- Boast about or praise (something), especially excessively: the much vaunted information superhighwayMore 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.
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- 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’.
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'.