em·​bold·​ened | \ im-ˈbōl-dənd How to pronounce emboldened (audio) \

Definition of emboldened

: made bold or bolder : instilled with boldness, courage, or resolution "This is the way it's gonna be," Stoddard announced. He had reason to feel emboldened. So far, Tom Murphy and Dan Burke had backed his every decision.— Ken Auletta If the participant moves toward the creature, it avoids contact. But if the person doesn't move, the emboldened sprite edges closer and finally lands on an outstretched hand.— Ivars Peterson

First Known Use of emboldened

1569, in the meaning defined above

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“Emboldened.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/emboldened. Accessed 28 Feb. 2020.

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