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[em-bohl-duh n] /ɛmˈboʊl dən/
verb (used with object)
to make bold or bolder; hearten; encourage.
Also, imbolden.
Origin of embolden
First recorded in 1495-1505; em-1 + bold + -en1 Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2018.
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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.

    The Daltons, Volume I (of II) Charles James Lever
  • 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


(transitive) to encourage; make bold
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Word Origin and History for emboldened



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

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