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Meaning of “tout” in the English Dictionary

"tout" in British English

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toutverb

uk   us   /taʊt/
  • tout verb (MAKE KNOWN)

[T] to ​advertise, ​talk about, or ​praise something or someone ​repeatedly, ​especially as a way of ​encouragingpeople to like, ​accept, or ​buy something: The ​minister has been touting these ​ideas for some ​time. He is being ​widely touted as the next ​leader of the ​party. A ​localcardealership was touting ​its services/​wares on the ​radio. [I] mainly UK to ​repeatedlytry to ​persuadepeople to ​buyyourgoods or ​services: There were hundreds of ​taxis at the ​airport, all touting forbusiness/​custom.
  • tout verb (SELL UNOFFICIALLY)

[T] UK (US scalp) disapproving to ​selltickets for something such as a ​sportsgame or ​theatreperformanceunofficially, usually at a much ​higherprice than the ​officialprice: £30 ​seats for the ​match were being touted for £500.

toutnoun [C]

uk   us   /taʊt/ UK (US scalper) disapproving
(Definition of tout from the Cambridge Advanced Learner’s Dictionary & Thesaurus © Cambridge University Press)

"tout" in American English

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toutverb [T]

 us   /tɑʊt/
to ​advertise or ​praise something, often to ​encourageits use or ​sale: Various ​studies have been ​published touting the ​benefits of pre-kindergarten ​programs. If you tout someone's good ​character, ​knowledge, ​skills, ​achievements, etc., you ​praise those characteristics: The President was in Ohio on ​Saturday, touting his ​accomplishments and ​urgingsupporters to re-elect him.
(Definition of tout from the Cambridge Academic Content Dictionary © Cambridge University Press)

"tout" in Business English

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toutverb

uk   us   /taʊt/
[T] MARKETING to ​advertise or praise something, especially as a way of encouraging ​people to ​buy it: tout the benefits of sth He appears in ​ads touting the ​benefits of ​leasingcorporate jets. Several ​insurancecompanies tout their ​services on ​local radio.
[T] if someone or something is touted as something, many ​people say that they are or will be that thing: be touted as sth He is being widely touted as the company's next ​CEO.
tout for business to ​stop or speak to many ​people in ​order to ​try to persuade them to ​buy your ​goods or ​services: Hundreds of taxis at the ​airport tout for ​business.

toutnoun [C]

uk   us   /taʊt/ UK
→  ticket tout
(Definition of tout from the Cambridge Business English Dictionary © Cambridge University Press)
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