Definition of embolden in English:



[with object]
  • 1Give (someone) the courage or confidence to do something.

    ‘emboldened by the claret, he pressed his knee against hers’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘The good-bye was difficult for Alice, but she was emboldened by the righteousness of the Southern cause.’
    • ‘Grace lifts us, inspires us, frees us and emboldens us to serve God.’
    • ‘While learning has changed for students in this new century, we are emboldened by the boundless opportunity presented in our lifetime.’
    • ‘I felt so emboldened by my solitary lunch experience that I then went and sat in the foyer of the National theatre.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘It reminds us that passion still matters, and that a well-crafted symbol can offer inspiration, emboldening us in a world where the possibility of meaningful change sometimes seems beyond our reach.’
    • ‘But Young has taken over this season, and the team has been emboldened by his confidence.’
    • ‘It emboldens you to do things you wouldn't do on your own.’
    • ‘Every story like this emboldens their enemies, undermines their mission, and makes it harder for them to prevail.’
    • ‘I'm emboldened by Josh's response, and surprised that I've survived yet another workshop in one piece.’
    • ‘Withdrawing under fire emboldens our enemies.’
    • ‘We forget how often in history a perceived stumble or the half-measure only emboldens enemies to try what they otherwise would not.’
    • ‘He goes on: ‘The falsely bleak picture weakens our national resolve, discourages Iraqi cooperation and emboldens our enemy.’’
    • ‘He is so emboldened by his cleverness that he steps into the store to observe the street and society outside.’
    • ‘In the course of the battle three new stewards were elected in the test area and the workers feel emboldened by how they conducted the struggle.’
    • ‘A simple rule prevails here: The success of terrorists in one part of the terror network emboldens terrorists throughout the network.’
    • ‘I am emboldened by happy hour's two-for-one drinks, and on my way out, I stop by her seat.’
    • ‘In general, liberation makes sacrifice worthwhile, makes you forget whatever doubts you had about the undertaking, and emboldens you to try other hard and risky endeavors.’
    • ‘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, make braver, encourage, hearten, strengthen, fortify, stiffen the resolve of, lift the morale of
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  • 2Cause (a piece of text) to appear in a bold typeface.

    ‘centre, embolden, and underline the heading’
    • ‘I adjusted the CSS formatting to enhance the posts from each other, emboldening the headings, and generally enhancing the appearance of the posts.’