Definition of embolden in English:



  • 1Give (someone) the courage or confidence to do something or to behave in a certain way.

    ‘emboldened by robust passenger traffic, the airlines put through major fare increases’
    • ‘Every story like this emboldens their enemies, undermines their mission, and makes it harder for them to prevail.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘I am emboldened by happy hour's two-for-one drinks, and on my way out, I stop by her seat.’
    • ‘He is so emboldened by his cleverness that he steps into the store to observe the street and society outside.’
    • ‘It emboldens you to do things you wouldn't do on your own.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘Grace lifts us, inspires us, frees us and emboldens us to serve God.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘I'm emboldened by Josh's response, and surprised that I've survived yet another workshop in one piece.’
    • ‘The good-bye was difficult for Alice, but she was emboldened by the righteousness of the Southern cause.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘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.’’
    • ‘Withdrawing under fire emboldens our enemies.’
    • ‘A simple rule prevails here: The success of terrorists in one part of the terror network emboldens terrorists throughout the network.’
    • ‘But Young has taken over this season, and the team has been emboldened by his confidence.’
    • ‘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.’
    give courage, make brave, make 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
    buck up
    View synonyms
  • 2Cause (a piece of text) to appear in a bold typeface.

    ‘center, 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.’