[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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Contemporary Examples of emboldened

Historical Examples of emboldened

  • 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.

  • 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



(tr) 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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