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embolden

[em-bohl-duh n]
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verb (used with object)
  1. to make bold or bolder; hearten; encourage.
Also imbolden.

Origin of embolden

First recorded in 1495–1505; em-1 + bold + -en1
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Examples from the Web for emboldened

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  • It is only that conviction which has emboldened me to state my views publicly.

    War Taxation

    Otto H. Kahn

  • He paused, and a very slight nod from Kate emboldened him to proceed.

  • Emboldened by necessity, Hugh left his card, with the words on it: "Come to me; I need you."

    David Elginbrod

    George MacDonald

  • Emboldened by the sight of the sheriff, Mr. Doolittle again had recourse to his lungs.

    The Pioneers

    James Fenimore Cooper

  • The winter had been a hard one, game was scarce and the animal was emboldened by hunger.


British Dictionary definitions for emboldened

embolden

verb
  1. (tr) to encourage; make bold
Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 2012 Digital Edition © William Collins Sons & Co. Ltd. 1979, 1986 © HarperCollins Publishers 1998, 2000, 2003, 2005, 2006, 2007, 2009, 2012

Word Origin and History for emboldened

embolden

v.

1570s, from en- (1) + bold + -en (1). Related: Emboldened.

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper

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