AskDefine | Define embolden

Dictionary Definition

embolden v : give encouragement to [syn: cheer, hearten, recreate] [ant: dishearten]

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English

Etymology

Bold + em- -en, prebilabial intensifying verbal circumfix.

Pronunciation

Verb

  1. Render (someone) more bold or courageous.
  2. Encourage, inspire, or motivate.
  3. Format text in bold type.

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Synonyms, Antonyms and Related Words

abet, advocate, aid and abet, animate, assure, bolster, brace up, buck up, chance, cheer, chirk up, comfort, countenance, encourage, endorse, favor, go for, hazard, hearten, impel, inspire, inspirit, keep in countenance, nerve, reassure, shine upon, smile upon, steel, strengthen, subscribe, support, venture
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