AskDefine | Define embolden

Dictionary Definition

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

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



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



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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