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boast

verb uk   /bəʊst/ us    /boʊst/

boast verb (SPEAK PROUDLY)

B2 [I or T] disapproving to speak too proudly or happily about what you have done or what you own: He didn't talk about his exam results in case people thought he was boasting. Parents enjoy boasting about their children's achievements. [+ that] They boasted that they had never lost a single game.
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C2 [T not continuous] to have or own something to be proud of: Ireland boasts beautiful beaches, great restaurants, and friendly locals.

boast

noun [C] uk   /bəʊst/ us    /boʊst/ disapproving
something you are proud of and like to tell people about: [+ that] It is her proud boast that she has never missed a single episode of the show.
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