embolden

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


Origin:
1495–1505; em-1 + bold + -en1

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embolden (ɪmˈbəʊldən)
 
vb
(tr) to encourage; make bold

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embolden
1570s, from en- + bold + -en. Related: Emboldened.
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Example sentences
Faltering sales will undermine the confidence of businesses far more than
  fiscal consolidation will embolden them.
Anything less would embolden the opposition and make her appear vulnerable.
Paying a ransom to return hostages will only embolden other pirates.
The turmoil will embolden those calling for the opaque, over-the-counter market
  to move onto exchanges.
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