em·​bold·​en | \im-ˈbōl-dən \
emboldened; emboldening; emboldens

Definition of embolden 

transitive verb

: to instill with boldness or courage

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encourage, inspirit, hearten, embolden mean to fill with courage or strength of purpose. encourage suggests the raising of one's confidence especially by an external agency. the teacher's praise encouraged the students to greater efforts inspirit, somewhat literary, implies instilling life, energy, courage, or vigor into something. patriots inspirited the people to resist hearten implies the lifting of dispiritedness or despondency by an infusion of fresh courage or zeal. a hospital patient heartened by good news embolden implies the giving of courage sufficient to overcome timidity or reluctance. emboldened by her first success, she tried an even more difficult climb

Examples of embolden in a Sentence

his poor showing in his first swim meet just emboldened him to train even harder

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And with every experiment in Gore-Tex and neoprene since, they’ve become emboldened to incorporate survivalist accents into their collections. Mackenzie Wagoner, Glamour, "How Athleisure Evolved Into Fashion's Obsession With All Things Outdoors," 20 Nov. 2018 They were emboldened by an opinion issued by the Attorney General this month that said state police had broken the law by refusing the members entry into the building. Louisville Courier Journal, The Courier-Journal, "Ex-Cards sue NCAA, 'tone-deaf' Bevin and more: What to know Wednesday," 11 July 2018 Let us be emboldened by an unrelenting will to stand up for justice, and an undying faith in humanity’s capacity for good. Chito Gascon, Time, "What the Philippines Tells Us About the Broken Promises of Human Rights," 30 May 2018 Ever since Edward Snowden leaked classified information from the National Security Agency, governments around the world have been emboldened to establish control over the data flowing through their borders. Jacob Silverman, Longreads, "Private Telegram, Public Strife," 3 July 2018 Industry watchers say Total is likely emboldened by political cover from the French government. Benoit Faucon, WSJ, "Undaunted by Iran Setback, French Energy Giant Total Expands in Russia," 5 June 2018 Reproductive health advocates say anti-choice lawmakers have been emboldened by the Trump administration, since President Donald Trump and Vice President Mike Pence have been open about their desire to overturn Roe v. Wade. refinery29.com, "Iowa Republicans Just Passed A Bill Banning Abortion At 6 Weeks," 2 May 2018 Priest said Monday that teachers there have been emboldened by the example of West Virginia, where a nine-day teachers’ strike has secured a 5 percent raise for all state workers. Josh Eidelson, Bloomberg.com, "Oklahoma Teachers Follow West Virginia With April Strike Threat," 9 Mar. 2018 But the Disney deal emboldened Netflix, Amazon (amzn, +2.03%) and at least two other parties to pursue Murphy, the people said. Fortune, "Netflix Just Inked a Massive $300 Million Deal With 'Glee' Creator Ryan Murphy," 14 Feb. 2018

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First Known Use of embolden

15th century, in the meaning defined above

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The first known use of embolden was in the 15th century

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English Language Learners Definition of embolden

: to make (someone) more confident

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