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embolden (v.)

"give boldness or courage to," 1570s, from em- (1) + bold + -en (1). Or perhaps an extended form of earlier embold, enbold (late 14c.). Related: Emboldened; emboldening.

updated on September 13, 2020

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Definitions of embolden from WordNet

embolden (v.)
give encouragement to;
Synonyms: cheer / hearten / recreate
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