Part of speech:
It's both transitive (you vaunt something or someone)
and intransitive (you vaunt).
To vaunt is to brag: to talk in a boastful way.
And, to vaunt people or things is to brag about them or display them in a boastful way. This is the more common way to use the word, so we'll focus on it.
Vaunted, vaunting, vauntingly.
"Vaunt" is also a noun meaning a thing you do or say to boast or brag.
Someone who vaunts is a vaunter, but that word is pretty much only used in literature.
How to use it:
Vaunting is usually impolite. With that in mind, talk about vaunting your own accomplishments, your teacher vaunting the best student in your class, your sports-loving friend vaunting his team's victory, and so on.
You can use "vaunted" as an adjective and talk about a vaunted program (meaning a program that's been bragged about a lot), a vaunted style of management, a vaunted company, a vaunted celebrity, etc. Something can be "much-vaunted," "often-vaunted," "once-vaunted," etc.
Sometimes, you vaunt things or people to a higher level, or vaunt them into something, or vaunt them beyond something, and so on, as if the bragging, boastful words are launching your object of praise upwards: "Having a lot of YouTube viewers won't automatically vaunt you into stardom." (Seeing the word used in this way, you might guess that the closest relative of "vaunt" is "vault," as in "pole vault," but actually "vaunt" is related to "vain/vanity.")
Okay, show me these much-vaunted Dance Dance Revolution skills of yours. Go!
Roald Dahl's book Matilda opens with a hilarious discussion of how parents tend to vaunt their very average children into the realm of geniuses.
Look away from the screen to explain the definition in your own words. You’ll know you understand what "vaunt" means when you can explain it without saying “bluster" or "preen."
Think of a person, place, or thing that seems to get a lot of praise and attention in the media, and fill in the blank: "It seems the vaunted _____ is everywhere these days."
Example: "It seems the vaunted Spider-Man franchise is everywhere these days."
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1. The opposite of VAUNT is
A. FEATURE or LAUNCH
B. HOARD or STACK
C. HIDE or DISPARAGE
2. The once-vaunted business mogul is now _____.
A. basically a laughingstock
B. cloaked in mystery
C. utterly beloved
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