Meaning of “tout” - Learner’s Dictionary

tout

verb uk us /taʊt/
PRAISE [ T ]

to praise someone or something in order to make people think that they are important:

[ often passive ] He is being touted as the next big star.
SELL [ I, T ] UK

to try to persuade people to buy something:

Drug dealers were seen touting for business outside schools.

(Definition of “tout verb” from the Cambridge Learner’s Dictionary © Cambridge University Press)