[ bohl-sterd ]
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  1. pillowed or cushioned; provided with firm but comfortable support: The bolstered seats of this car bear-hug you to a point where all you can do is melt into them.

  2. supported, strengthened, increased, or made more effective: A bolstered bicycle network will improve mobility for cyclists around the city by creating more connections between routes.

  1. the simple past tense and past participle of bolster.

Origin of bolstered


Other words from bolstered

  • un·bol·stered, adjective

Words Nearby bolstered Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2023

How to use bolstered in a sentence

  • When she was partially recovered, it was curious to see her sitting bolstered up in bed, with so many pets around her.

    Minnie's Pet Dog | Madeline Leslie
  • The loan being thus bolstered up rose to four and a half per cent premium.

    The Boys of '61 | Charles Carleton Coffin.
  • Having come to this conclusion in the way indicated, they then bolstered it up with arguments to justify it positively.

  • She was almost in tears, from her fright; yet still bolstered her courage with the thought: "For my father and mother!"

    Dorothy | Evelyn Raymond
  • Elinor was bolstered up in bed, looking like a wan, despairing woman of fifty, instead of a girl of twenty-two.

    Nelly's First Schooldays | Josephine Franklin