Definition of vaunt in English:

vaunt

verb

[WITH OBJECT]usually as adjective vaunted
  • Boast about or praise (something), especially excessively.

    ‘the much vaunted information superhighway’
    • ‘Celtic's much vaunted three-man back line was soon spread out and scared to death by Porto's four-pronged attack.’
    • ‘I think Howard's much vaunted political antennae may be well out of tune on this one.’
    • ‘There are also few examples of her much vaunted genius.’
    • ‘For all of our much vaunted independence, scratch an American of Anglo descent and you'll find a bit of a Briton.’
    • ‘The modern U.S. military is vaunted as an all-volunteer force, but the truth is more complex.’
    • ‘So much for the much vaunted transparency and accountability policy.’
    • ‘Many of the books were written by wine merchants, often criticizing the practices of their colleagues, or vaunting their own specialities.’
    • ‘Whoever wins the balloting will govern a country whose vaunted economic recovery is starting to fray.’
    • ‘More than any other area of genetics, then, the beneficial possibilities of gene therapy have been much vaunted.’
    • ‘On the contrary, it chose to launch the report with a massive media and public relations campaign vaunting the scope, credibility and prestige of the Commission and its authors.’
    • ‘It contrived to be both firmly capitalist and proudly working-class in character; hand in hand with big business but vaunting an anti-establishment stance.’
    • ‘Even the country's much vaunted success in the IT industry needs to be put in perspective, he says.’
    • ‘Despite some good moments, her much vaunted collaboration with Jack White doesn't quite do it for me.’
    • ‘In his first editorial, John Bird wrote: ‘We vaunt nothing beyond the determination that no effort be spared to make the journal a first-class family newspaper.’’
    • ‘The book's dust jacket vaunts this as ‘a masterpiece of modern political biography, written by one of Britain's leading historians'.’
    • ‘The economy emerged yesterday as a key battleground in the British general election with Labour vaunting its financial competence while the opposition Conservatives promised hefty tax cuts.’
    • ‘And the weather is playing havoc with the much vaunted weather forecasting system here.’
    • ‘As a result, his much vaunted pacifism may have to undergo a rethink.’
    • ‘The Barrowsiders would probably be satisfied to put up a good performance against this much vaunted Laois side.’
    • ‘His much vaunted £3 billion investment in automated warehouses did nothing to help product availability.’
    acclaim, esteem, revere, extol, celebrate
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noun

archaic

Origin

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’.

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