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
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.
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