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    • Join Date: Oct 2006
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    embold

    In one of your tests you ask the question 'does the word embolden mean making a word bold'? to which I answered no, and I was found wrong by your computer.
    I like to differ with your computer. The word embolden means:
    embolden


    verb
    1. To impart courage, inspiration, and resolution to: animate, cheer (on), encourage, inspire, inspirit, motivate. See help/harm/harmless.

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    #2

    Re: embold

    Quint, embolden has another meaning, which is to make letters bold.


    • Join Date: Nov 2006
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    #3

    Re: embold

    Quote Originally Posted by Tdol View Post
    Quint, embolden has another meaning, which is to make letters bold.
    No. It does not have that meaning in standard English.

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    Re: embold

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    Until a few minutes ago I'd have told anyone who cared to listen that nobody would use the word 'embolden' to mean 'set in boldface type'. But after doing a BNC search, I see there have been at least three people in Britain who have used 'embolden' this way.
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    I still haven't been able to find a boldface type sort of definition of embolden in any dictionary, though.
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