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vaunt Line breaks: vaunt
Pronunciation: /vɔːnt/

Definition of vaunt in English:


[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.
boast about, brag about, make much of, crow about, gloat over, give oneself airs about, exult in, parade, flaunt, show off, flourish;
acclaim, esteem, revere, extol, celebrate
informal show off about, flash
rare laud


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Pronunciation: /ˈvɔːntə/
Pronunciation: /ˈvɔːntɪŋ/
Example sentences
  • There is a vaunting national self-confidence that almost amounts to arrogance.
  • The overawed announcer introduced Welles as a mythical being and told listeners to imagine a combination of Baron Munchausen and Alice in Wonderland: a man who was at once a vaunting fabulist and an ingenuous child.
  • After a brief prologue, the fighting characters advance and introduce themselves, or are introduced, in vaunting rhymes.
Pronunciation: /ˈvɔːntɪŋli/
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’.


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'.

Words that rhyme with vaunt

avaunt, daunt, flaunt, gaunt, haunt, jaunt, taunt
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