embolden

verb em·bold·en \ im-ˈbōl-dən \
|Updated on: 13 Aug 2018

Definition of embolden

emboldened; emboldening; emboldens
: to instill with boldness or courage

Examples of embolden in a Sentence

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

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First Known Use of embolden

15th century

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Synonym Discussion of embolden

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

EMBOLDEN Defined for English Language Learners

embolden

Definition of embolden for English Language Learners

  • : to make (someone) more confident



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