bolster

noun
bol·​ster | \ ˈbōl-stər How to pronounce bolster (audio) \

Definition of bolster

 (Entry 1 of 2)

1 : a long pillow or cushion
2 : a structural part designed to eliminate friction or provide support or bearing (see bearing sense 5)

bolster

verb
bolstered; bolstering\ ˈbōl-​st(ə-​)riŋ How to pronounce bolster (audio) \

Definition of bolster (Entry 2 of 2)

transitive verb

1 : to support with or as if with a bolster : reinforce lay bolstered up in bed extra men will bolster already augmented dock details— Stanley Levey
2 : to give a boost to news that bolstered his spirits

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Other Words from bolster

Verb

bolsterer \ ˈbōl-​stər-​ər How to pronounce bolster (audio) \ noun

Examples of bolster in a Sentence

Verb She came with me to bolster my confidence. a convincing argument that was bolstered by the speaker's reputation She is thinking of ways to bolster her career.
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Recent Examples on the Web: Noun The conditions at Marymount bolster criticism within the industry that oversight of labs is insular and inspectors are too lax. Ellen Gabler, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, 11 Aug. 2021 President Biden in June ordered the Departments of Energy and the Interior to help industry bolster mining and processing of battery materials. Los Angeles Times, 21 July 2021 Gianacakos also designs fabrics, one of which covers the bolster and armchair and will be released later this year, too. Kelly Allen, House Beautiful, 8 July 2021 But outside court, Powell has continued to play to Trump's base and bolster theories related to the big lie. Tara Subramaniam, CNN, 1 June 2021 Your bolster bandage will most likely be taken off a week after your skin-grafting procedure. Devon Abelman, Allure, 25 May 2021 Then there’s Milana’s Masand chair—made out of artful bolster cushions—which is captivating the eye of the high-design world. Elise Taylor, Vogue, 3 May 2021 The bed also features a bolster around three sides that dogs can rest their heads on or lean into while sleeping. Zoe Malin, NBC News, 31 Mar. 2021 There are cutouts in each side bolster and four more huge holes in the seat back, leading one to believe that these seats are much lighter than the standard ones—21 pounds lighter, in fact. Ezra Dyer, Car and Driver, 9 Mar. 2021 Recent Examples on the Web: Verb But Wilson, under a new coach and a relatively new front office, has shown just enough promise to loosen and bolster those hopes over the past few weeks. Gordon Monson, The Salt Lake Tribune, 5 Sep. 2021 The program is designed for Great Lakes-area filmmakers who are ready to start a new campaign with Seed&Spark or bolster a crowdfunding effort that is already underway. Detroit Free Press Staff, Detroit Free Press, 27 Aug. 2021 Lawrence indicated the institution’s own scripts, which described how Grace and an enslaved Black woman lived, bolster her description of how poorly Grace was treated. Colin Campbell, baltimoresun.com, 26 Aug. 2021 Suboptimal way to secure a starting role ... or bolster one's trade value. Nate Davis, USA TODAY, 23 Aug. 2021 Such a move could help the Taliban bolster its image in the eyes of foreign governments. Washington Post, 22 Aug. 2021 The surveillance footage is now being used to help investigators bolster their criminal cases against Marven’s parents, whom investigators claim are responsible for the death and injuries of their children. Eileen Kelley, sun-sentinel.com, 19 Aug. 2021 Michoacán’s proximity to the Pacific Ocean has made the state one of the most important for drug cartels, which seek to make money and bolster their power by interfering in numerous industries. Karol Suárez, The Courier-Journal, 18 Aug. 2021 The Cubs will have money in the offseason to pursue free-agent starting pitching options to pair with veteran Kyle Hendricks or bolster depth that features Alec Mills and the young trio. Meghan Montemurro, chicagotribune.com, 17 Aug. 2021

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First Known Use of bolster

Noun

before the 12th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1

Verb

1508, in the meaning defined at sense 1

History and Etymology for bolster

Noun and Verb

Middle English, from Old English; akin to Old English belg bag — more at belly

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The first known use of bolster was before the 12th century

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Dictionary Entries Near bolster

Bolsonaro

bolster

bolster plate

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Last Updated

14 Aug 2021

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“Bolster.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/bolster. Accessed 16 Sep. 2021.

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More Definitions for bolster

bolster

noun

English Language Learners Definition of bolster

 (Entry 1 of 2)

: a long bag of cloth completely filled with soft material : a long pillow or cushion

bolster

verb

English Language Learners Definition of bolster (Entry 2 of 2)

: to make (something) stronger or better : to give support to (something)

bolster

noun
bol·​ster | \ ˈbōl-stər How to pronounce bolster (audio) \

Kids Definition of bolster

 (Entry 1 of 2)

: a long pillow or cushion sometimes used to support bed pillows

bolster

verb
bolstered; bolstering

Kids Definition of bolster (Entry 2 of 2)

: to support with or as if with a bolster We tried to bolster their courage.

bolster

transitive verb
bol·​ster | \ ˈbōl-stər \

Legal Definition of bolster

: to use evidence usually improperly to give weight to (evidence already introduced)

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