embolden

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verb em·bold·en \im-ˈbōl-dən\

Definition of embolden

  1. transitive verb
  2. :  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

15th Century

First Known Use of embolden

15th century

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

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verb em·bold·en \im-ˈbōl-dən\

Definition of embolden for English Language Learners

  • : to make (someone) more confident



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