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ostentated is a past tense form of ostentate



to display proudly; to act ostentatiously or pretentiously


perception verb (seeing, hearing, feeling, etc.)

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3rd-person singular present:


Type of:

expose » show

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Princeton WordNet


flex | splurge


flash | flaunt | show off | swank


Latin ostentatus, past participle of ostentare, verb intens. from ostendere. See...
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Definition references  (+images)


ostentate [transitive, obsolete] | ostentated [past tense] | ostentating [present participle] | ostentates [3rd-person singular present]

To make an ambitious display of; to show or exhibit boastingly. (11 of 14 words, 1 usage example)


Random House Dictionary:

show | showed [past tense] | shown [past participle] | showing [present participle] | shew [archaic] | shewed [archaic, past tense] | shewn [archaic, past participle] | shewing [archaic, present participle] | trade show [sense-specific4]

to cause or allow to be seen; exhibit; display. | to present or perform as a public entertainment or spectacle. | to indicate; point out. | to guide, ... (25 of 658 words, 41 definitions, 28 usage examples, pronunciation)


Collins Dictionary:

show off

[transitive] to exhibit or display so as to invite admiration | [intransitive, informal] to behave in such a manner as to make an impression | ... (23 of 455 words, 3 definitions, 9 usage examples)


American Heritage Dictionary:

show | showed [past tense] | shown [present participle] | showing [3rd-person singular present] | show off | show up | shew [archaic]

To cause or allow to be seen; display. | To display for sale, in exhibition, or in competition | To conduct; guide | To direct one's attention to; ... (25 of 438 words, 35 definitions, 19 usage examples, pronunciations)



show off | peacock [verb, show off] | act up [synonym, sense-specific] | clown [synonym, sense-specific] | fool around [synonym, sense-specific] | horse around [synonym, sense-specific] | hotdog [synonym, sense-specific] | monkey [synonym, sense-specific] | showboat [synonym, sense-specific] | ...

to display proudly | to seek to attract attention by conspicuous behavior (11 of 132 words, 2 definitions, 4 usage examples)

www​.merriam-webster​.com​/dictionary​/show off

Macmillan British Dictionary:

show off | showed off [past tense] | shown off [past participle] | showing off [present participle] | shows off [3rd-person singular present]

[intransitive, showing disapproval] to behave in a way that is intended to attract people's attention and make them admire you | [transitive] to show ... (23 of 115 words, 3 definitions, 3 usage examples)


Oxford Dictionary:

show off [informal]

boastfully display one's abilities or accomplishments | See parent entry "show" (10 of 50 words, 2 definitions, 1 usage example)

oxforddictionaries​.com​/definition​/english​/show off 1

Cambridge Dictionary:

show off [entry 1]

to behave in a way which is intended to attract attention or admiration, and which other people often find annoying (20 of 46 words, 2 usage examples)

dictionary​.cambridge​.org​/dictionary​/british​/show-off 1


Flaunt | Detour

a monthly American fashion culture magazine founded by the current editor-in-chief, Luis Barajas, and creative director, Jim Turner, also the founders of Detour magazine. Long Nguyen, a third founder and style director, also was working on Detour for... (38 of 284 words, 1 image)


New World Dictionary:

flaunt | flauntingly [adverb, related] | flaunty [adjective, related]

to make a gaudy, ostentatious, conspicuous, impudent, or defiant display | to flutter or wave freely | to show off proudly, defiantly, or impudently | ... (22 of 80 words, 5 definitions, 1 usage example, pronunciation, 1 image)


Encarta Dictionary:

show off

to try to impress others by behaving in a way that attracts attention | to display somebody or something proudly for others to admire | to display ... (25 of 60 words, 3 definitions)

encarta​.msn​.com​/dictionary 1861735288​/definition​.html  [offline]

Etymology reference


ostentate [transitive, obsolete] | ostentated [past tense] | ostentating [present participle] | ostentates [3rd-person singular present]

Origin: Latin ostentatus, past participle of ostentare, verb intens. from ostendere. See ostent.


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Audio: British English pronunciation of "Ostentate"


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