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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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  • This emboldened the Tibetans, who became more and more audacious.

    Beasts, Men and Gods Ferdinand Ossendowski
  • emboldened by necessity, Hugh left his card, with the words on it: "Come to me; I need you."

    David Elginbrod George MacDonald
  • emboldened by my one success, I went into the next office without considering the kind of business announced on the door.

    The Promised Land Mary Antin
  • The winter had been a hard one, game was scarce and the animal was emboldened by hunger.

  • The crowd, emboldened, made a rush: surged against his legs.

    Beyond the Vanishing Point Raymond King Cummings
British Dictionary definitions for emboldened


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



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

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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