Meaning of “boast” in the English Dictionary

"boast" in British English

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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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boastnoun [ 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.

(Definition of “boast” from the Cambridge Advanced Learner’s Dictionary & Thesaurus © Cambridge University Press)

"boast" in American English

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us /boʊst/

boast verb (SPEAK PROUDLY)

to speak too proudly or show too much satisfaction about something or someone connected with you:

[ I ] They are always boasting about how smart their children are.
[ + that clause ] She boasted that she had never had an accident.

boast verb (POSSESS)

[ T ] to have or possess something to be proud of:

New Orleans boasts great music and excellent restaurants.
noun [ C ] us /boʊst/

It was his proud boast that he had run over 20 marathons.

(Definition of “boast” from the Cambridge Academic Content Dictionary © Cambridge University Press)