Definitions

from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

  • transitive v. To foster boldness or courage in; encourage. See Synonyms at encourage.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • v. To render (someone) bolder or more courageous.
  • v. To encourage, inspire, or motivate.
  • v. (typography) To format text in boldface.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • transitive v. To give boldness or courage to; to encourage.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • To give boldness or courage to; make bolder; encourage.

from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.

  • v. give encouragement to

Etymologies

Bold + em- -en, prebilabial intensifying verbal circumfix. (Wiktionary)

Examples

  • But, that term has been a GOP talking point for almost a year according to Source Watch: The phrase embolden the terrorists—as has taking the fight to the terrorists—has frequently been employed by President George W. Bush, members of the Bush administration, and others in their support of the war in Iraq and use of fear as a political tool.

    04/26/2007

  • Thompson might have meant to say "embolden," not "ennoble," as not even the most vocal war hawk would argue that domestic debate about the Iraq War will result in the enemy being given titles of nobility such as Duke, Baron, Lord, etc.

    Obama And Thompson Address The VFW

  • The Americans will not allow Iran to benefit from the oil and transit revenue, which will "embolden" it, and indirectly bolster Hamas and Hezbollah.

    Betwa Sharma: Three to Tango

  • That and "embolden" so try and work that word in too.

    Poll: Bush Approval Soars To 29%

  • I think instead of 'embolden', you meant 'enbiggen'.

    BSNYC Friday Fun Quiz!

  • See, during the 5th year of this trillion dollar Iraq morass, conservatives warn liberals that any talk of timelines will "embolden" the terrorists.

    Archive 2007-04-01

  • One of the funniest thing I've yet heard on "The Daily Show with Jon Stewart" is yesterday's analysis of one of Bush's favorite words, "embolden" — as in all the things we might do that would "embolden the enemy" — by faux-Senior White House Correspondent John Oliver:

    Philocrites: Moments in emboldenment.

  • It would only "embolden" the terrorists, they said.

    Archive 2005-11-01

  • What they do really is kind of embolden both sides that the fight goes on.

    CNN Transcript Jun 28, 2005

  • He said that precedent will probably "embolden" the remaining plaintiffs.

    FOXNews.com

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