V2 Vocabulary Building Dictionary
Definition: (v.) to advertise something in an enthusiastic or brazen way; (n.) 1. a person who sells something in a brazen or enthusiastic way; 2. a person who obtains and sells information about racehorses
Synonyms: (v.) advertise, publicize, laud, praise, promote, guide, (n.) expert, solicitor, promoter
Antonyms: hide, keep secret
Tips: Tout is derived from the Old English totian, which means "to peer, look, spy." Eventually, the word came to hold its current meaning, "to attract customers." Tout is used in this sense as both a verb and a noun (see usage examples). Tout is a more sophisticated way of saying "advertise" or "to praise something" and usually refers to someone advertising or praising something that benefits him or herself.
The politician is likely to tout tax cuts in order to get reelected. (promote, laud, publicize) verb
The toy company is touting the success of its new line of dolls. (lauding, praising, publicizing) verb
Rick was upset after he paid a tout for racehorse information and still didn't win any of his bets at the track. (expert, guide) noun
I think it's important to tout your accomplishments at work; just don't brag too much. (advertise, promote) verb
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