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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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Examples from the web for emboldened
  • emboldened by the rise of the moderates, new campaigns have begun.
  • The verdict has emboldened copyright authorities to crack down on torrent sites.
  • But cacao farmers today struggle against a daunting bureaucracy and emboldened squatters.
  • They have an alternative food source, which has emboldened them to try to join mainstream society.
  • The crisis has emboldened the political parties, which have been calling more loudly for the release of their leaders.
  • Generic drug makers, also, will be emboldened to challenge any firms that try to do so.
  • emboldened by this good news, foreign investors have again turned their gaze to the continent.
  • All told, supervisors should be humbled by the past few months, not emboldened.
  • The situation is more complex in the evenings, when there are fewer people on the roads, and robbers are emboldened.
  • The violence has frightened some people but emboldened others.
British Dictionary definitions for emboldened


(transitive) to encourage; make bold
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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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