Definition of embolden in English:


Line breaks: em|bold¦en
Pronunciation: /ɪmˈbəʊld(ə)n
, ɛm-/


[with object]
1Give (someone) the courage or confidence to do something: emboldened by the claret, he pressed his knee against hers
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  • The players felt emboldened by the result against Chelsea, sure that they had asserted their right to be considered as worthy heirs to the great United teams.
  • Some even suggest a Prime Minister emboldened by another large majority could go as far as to kick his arch-rival out of the Cabinet altogether.
  • She was emboldened by having met a woman of a similar age to herself for whom this strategy had worked, but still she saw it as a big and embarrassing step.
give courage, make brave/braver, encourage, hearten, strengthen, fortify, stiffen the resolve of, lift the morale of;
rouse, stir, stimulate, cheer, rally, give confidence, brace;
fire, inflame, animate, motivate, invigorate, vitalize
informal buck up
rare inspirit
2Cause (a piece of text) to appear in a bold typeface: centre, embolden, and underline the heading
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  • I adjusted the CSS formatting to enhance the posts from each other, emboldening the headings, and generally enhancing the appearance of the posts.

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