Definition of Ostentate

1. Verb. Display proudly; act ostentatiously or pretentiously. "He showed off his new sports car"

Exact synonyms: Flash, Flaunt, Show Off, Swank
Generic synonyms: Display, Exhibit, Expose
Specialized synonyms: Flex, Splurge
Derivative terms: Flaunt, Ostentation, Ostentation, Show-off

Definition of Ostentate

1. v. t. To make an ambitious display of; to show or exhibit boastingly.

Medical Definition of Ostentate

1. To make an ambitious display of; to show or exhibit boastingly. Origin: L. Ostentatus, p. P. Of ostentare, v. Intens. Fr. Ostendere. See Ostent. Source: Websters Dictionary (01 Mar 1998)

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Lexicographical Neighbors of Ostentate

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ostensibility
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ostensive definition
ostensive definitions
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ostensoria
ostensories
ostensorium
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ostentate (current term)
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osteo-malacia
osteoanagenesis

Literary usage of Ostentate

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1. History of the Church of England from the Abolition of the Roman by Richard Watson Dixon (1881)
"... of devotion and cleanness of living: and to the most notable slander of Christ's holy Evangel, which in the form of our profession we did ostentate and ..."

2. Pope Alexander the Seventh and the College of Cardinals by John Bargrave, James Craigie Robertson (1867)
"... and therefore he cannot content himself to reprehend vices at private meetings, but in his publique orations he takes delight to ostentate his eloquence ..."

3. Remains, Historical and Literary, Connected with the Palatine Counties of by Chetham Society (1855)
"... the other from selling, so they will be both, or one or other of them, judged guilty of emulation, vainglory, and desire to ostentate how much they can ..."

4. The History of Florence by Niccolò Machiavelli (1891)
"... and when that War was composed, to ostentate and publish the power of that Commonwealth, they marched out with an Army and besieged Lucca. ..."

5. Missionary Labors of Fathers Marquette, Menard and Allouez, in the Lake by Chrysostom Verwyst (1886)
"... because used to demonstrate or ostentate the holy host. " The antiquity of the relic before me is ..."

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