embolden

[em-bohl-duh n]

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
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embolden

verb

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

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

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