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- (Received Pronunciation) IPA(key): /ɛmˈbəʊldən/, IPA(key): /ɪmˈbəʊldən/
Audio (Southern England) (file)
- Rhymes: -əʊldən
- (transitive) To render (someone) bolder or more courageous.
- 1942 July-August, “The Northern & Eastern Railway”, in Railway Magazine, page 209:
- About this time, the success of the Liverpool & Manchester Railway had emboldened people to think that it was necessary merely to invest in any proposed new line to be assured of at least a 10 per cent. return on their money.
- 2020, William H. Greene, Econometric Analysis, Pearson, page 334:
- The author lamented that the power of techniques involving instrumental variables and natural experiments to uncover causal relationships had emboldened economists to venture into areas far from their traditional expertise [...].
- (transitive) To encourage, inspire, or motivate.
- (transitive, typography) To format text in boldface.
- Synonym: boldface
- 2004, Jason Whittaker, The Cyberspace Handbook, page 216:
- In HTML, 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.
- 2012, Craig Grannell, Victor Sumner, Dionysios Synodinos, The Essential Guide to HTML5 and CSS3 Web Design, page 337:
- Embolden the company name. Balancewise, the company name could do with standing out more.
to encourage, inspire
to format text in boldface