embolden

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em- +‎ bold +‎ -en[1]

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embolden (third-person singular simple present emboldens, present participle emboldening, simple past and past participle emboldened)

  1. (transitive) To render (someone) bolder or more courageous.
  2. (transitive) To encourage, inspire, or motivate.
  3. (transitive, typography) To format text in boldface.
    • 2004: Jason Whittaker, The Cyberspace Handbook, p216
      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.

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  1. ^ The Oxford English Dictionary (2007) states that embolden was formed by the simultaneous prefixing of en- (or in-) and suffixing of -en, which, by definition, constitutes circumfixation.