Origin of emboldenem- (see en-) + bold + -en
- When you tell your husband to speak up at work and ask for a raise because he deserves it, this is an example of when you embolden him.
- When you make textbold, this is an example of a time when you embolden.
To embolden is to cheer someone on, to give someone courage or confidence or to make text bold.
transitive verbem·bold·ened, em·bold·en·ing, em·bold·ens
To foster boldness or courage in. See Synonyms at encourage.
(third-person singular simple present emboldens, present participle emboldening, simple past and past participle emboldened)
em- + bold + -en