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  1. “Render (someone) more bold or courageous”:
  2. “Encourage, inspire, or motivate”:
  3. “Format text in bold type”:
    • 1999, George A. Grätzer, First Steps in Latex, page 8:
      ▪ The use of text style commands, including the \emph command to emphasize text, the \textbf command to embolden text, and the \texttt command to produce typewriter style text.
    • 2000, David Baker & David Miller, Key Maths, page 10:
      To embolden text in a cell, array or column
      Click in the cell, array or highlight the column and then click on the embolden text symbol, shown on the right, or use Format menu, Cell, Alignment, Centre (in the horizontal) (a similar process to that for word processing).
    • 2004, Jason Whittaker, The Cyberspace Handbook, page 216:
      The tags <p></p> indicate paragraphs breaks, and we have included some basic text formatting: <em></em> for emphasis (typically italics), <u></u> for underline and <strong></strong> to embolden text.