Embolden vs Strengthen - What's the difference?

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Embolden is a related term of strengthen.


As verbs the difference between embolden and strengthen

is that embolden is to render (someone) bolder or more courageous while strengthen is (lb) to make strong or stronger; to add strength to; to increase the strength of; to fortify; to reinforce.

embolden

English

Verb

(en verb)
  • To render (someone) bolder or more courageous.
  • To encourage, inspire, or motivate.
  • (typography) To format text in boldface.
  • * 2004 : Jason Whittaker, The Cyberspace Handbook , p216
  • The tags

    indicate paragraphs breaks, and we have included some basic text formatting: for emphasis (typically italics), for underline and to embolden text.

    Synonyms

    * (typography) boldface

    References

    strengthen

    English

    Verb

    (en verb)
  • (lb) To make strong or stronger; to add strength to; to increase the strength of; to fortify; to reinforce.
  • :
  • *(William Shakespeare) (c.1564–1616)
  • *:Let noble Warwick, Cobham, and the rest,/ With powerful policy strengthen themselves.
  • *1851 , Anonymous, Arthur Hamilton, and His Dog
  • *:A little hardship, and a little struggling with the rougher elements of life, will perchance but strengthen and increase his courage, and prepare him for the conflicts and struggles of after years.
  • (lb) To animate; to give moral strength to; to encourage; to fix in resolution; to hearten.
  • *(Bible), (w) iii. 28
  • *:Charge Joshua, and encourage him, and strengthen him.
  • *
  • *:"A fine man, that Dunwody, yonder," commented the young captain, as they parted, and as he turned to his prisoner. "We'll see him on in Washington some day. He is strengthening his forces now against Mr. Benton out there.."
  • (lb) To augment; to improve; to intensify.
  • (lb) To grow strong or stronger.
  • Antonyms

    * atrophy

    Derived terms

    * strengthener