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

Origin of embolden

First recorded in 1495–1505; em-1 + bold + -en1
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Related Words for embolden

inspire, energize, invigorate, spur, reassure, sway, buoy, boost, goad, refresh, cheer, exhilarate, revitalize, inspirit, push, rally, stir, enhearten

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British Dictionary definitions for embolden


  1. (tr) to encourage; make bold
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Word Origin and History for embolden


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

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