embolden

[ em-bohl-duh n ]
/ ɛmˈboʊl dən /

verb (used with object)

to make bold or bolder; hearten; encourage.

Nearby words

  1. emblematize,
  2. emblements,
  3. emblemize,
  4. embodiment,
  5. embody,
  6. embole,
  7. embolectomy,
  8. embolic,
  9. embolism,
  10. embolite

Also imbolden.

Origin of embolden

First recorded in 1495–1505; em-1 + bold + -en1

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British Dictionary definitions for embolden

embolden

/ (ɪmˈbəʊldən) /

verb

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

embolden

v.

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

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