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[em-bohl-duh n] /ɛmˈboʊl dən/
verb (used with object)
to make bold or bolder; hearten; encourage.
Also, imbolden.
Origin of embolden
1495-1505; em-1 + bold + -en1 Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2015.
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  • 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.
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  • Also, consider that the presence of a flag may embolden the pedestrian.
  • These places and experiences embolden our sense of duty to protect the environment and our planet from the threat of pollution.
  • They embolden extremists and fuel sectarian tensions.
  • Especially in a time of war, mixed signals only confuse our friends, embolden our enemies.
British Dictionary definitions for embolden


(transitive) to encourage; make bold
Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 2012 Digital Edition
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Word Origin and History for embolden

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

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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