W3S2 [praud] adj comparative prouder superlative proudest
2 proudest moment/achievement/possession
3¦(too high opinion)¦
4¦(great self-respect)¦
5 do somebody proud
[Date: 1100-1200; : Old French; Origin: prod, prud, prou 'good, brave', from Late Latin prode 'advantage, advantageous', from Latin prodesse 'to be advantageous']
1.) ¦(PLEASED)¦
feeling pleased about something that you have done or something that you own, or about someone or something you are involved with or related to
≠ ↑ashamed proud of
Her parents are very proud of her.
You should be proud of yourself.
His past record is certainly something to be proud of .
be justly/rightly proud of sth
(=have good reasons for being proud)
The company is justly proud of its achievements.
proud to do/be sth
Seven-year-old Ian is proud to have earned his red belt in karate.
proud (that)
She was proud that the magazine had agreed to publish one of her stories.
Seth was the proud owner of a new sports car.
2.) proudest moment/achievement/possession
the moment etc that makes you feel most proud
His proudest moment was winning the European Cup final.
thinking that you are more important, skilful etc than you really are - used to show disapproval
a proud man who would not admit his mistakes
having respect for yourself, so that you are embarrassed to ask for help when you are in a difficult situation
Some farmers were too proud to ask for government help.
5.) do sb proud
a) informal to make people feel proud of you by doing something well
I tried to do my country proud.
b) old-fashioned to treat someone well by providing them with good food or entertainment
literary tall and impressive
>proudly adv
WORD CHOICE: proud, arrogant, conceited, big-headed, vain
Proud is a fairly general word used to say that someone is pleased with themselves, pleased with what they have achieved, or pleased with something or someone connected with them such as their school or their family : His proud parents watched the presentation. | I'm very proud of my students. |She was proud to be in the team.
Proud is usually neither approving nor disapproving, although you can say someone is too proud , meaning that they will not admit they are wrong or need help.
Arrogant is a disapproving word meaning that someone thinks they are better than other people : He was so arrogant he thought he could not possibly lose. | the arrogant way she dismisses my opinions
Conceited and big-headed are disapproving words meaning that someone thinks they or their achievements are better than they really are. Conceited is fairly formal and big-headed is informal.
Vain is a disapproving word meaning that someone thinks they are very special, especially because they are very proud of the way they look.

Dictionary of contemporary English. 2013.

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