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embolden

[em-bohl-duh n] /ɛmˈboʊl dən/
verb (used with object)
1.
to make bold or bolder; hearten; encourage.
Also, imbolden.
Origin
1495-1505
1495-1505; em-1 + bold + -en1
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British Dictionary definitions for emboldened

embolden

/ɪmˈbəʊldən/
verb
1.
(transitive) to encourage; make bold
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Word Origin and History for emboldened

embolden

v.

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

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