transitive verb Date: 15th century to instill with boldness or courage

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  • Embolden — Em*bold en, v. t. [imp. & p. p. {Emboldened}; p. pr. & vb. n. {Emboldening}.] To give boldness or courage to; to encourage. Shak. [1913 Webster] The self conceit which emboldened him to undertake this dangerous office. Sir W. Scott. [1913… …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • embolden — I verb abet, animate, assure, bolster, buoy, cheer, encourage, enhearten, foment, give confidence, hearten, impel, incite, inspire, inspirit, instigate, invigorate, nerve, press, promise, rally, reassure, rouse, stimulate, strengthen, urge II… …   Law dictionary

  • embolden — 1570s, from EN (Cf. en ) (1) + BOLD (Cf. bold) + EN (Cf. en) (1). Related: Emboldened …   Etymology dictionary

  • embolden — *encourage, inspirit, hearten, cheer, nerve, steel Analogous words: *strengthen, fortify: *venture, chance, hazard Antonyms: abash Contrasted words: discourage, deter (see DISSUADE): dishearten, dispirit, deject (see DISCOURAGE) …   New Dictionary of Synonyms

  • embolden — [v] encourage boost, buoy, cheer, energize, enhearten, exhilarate, give courage, give pep talk*, goad, inspire, inspirit, invigorate, psyche up, push, rally, reassure, refresh, revitalize, spur, stir, sway; concepts 7,22 …   New thesaurus

  • embolden — ► VERB ▪ give courage or confidence to …   English terms dictionary

  • embolden — [em bōl′dən, imbōl′dən] vt. [ EM (see EN 1) + BOLD + EN] to give courage to; cause to be bold or bolder …   English World dictionary

  • embolden — UK [ɪmˈbəʊld(ə)n] / US [ɪmˈboʊld(ə)n] verb [transitive] Word forms embolden : present tense I/you/we/they embolden he/she/it emboldens present participle emboldening past tense emboldened past participle emboldened formal to give someone more… …   English dictionary

  • embolden — verb /ɛmˈbəʊldən/ a) To render (someone) more bold or courageous. The tags </nowiki> indicate paragraphs breaks, and we have included some basic text formatting: </nowiki> for emphasis (typically italics), </nowiki> for… …   Wiktionary

  • embolden — /em bohl deuhn/, v.t. to make bold or bolder; hearten; encourage. Also, imbolden. [1495 1505; EM 1 + BOLD + EN1] * * * …   Universalium

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