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Definition of bolster verb from the Oxford Advanced Learner's Dictionary

 

bolster

 verb
verb
BrE BrE//ˈbəʊlstə(r)//
 
; NAmE NAmE//ˈboʊlstər//
 
Verb Forms present simple I / you / we / they bolster
BrE BrE//ˈbəʊlstə(r)//
 
; NAmE NAmE//ˈboʊlstər//
 
he / she / it bolsters
BrE BrE//ˈbəʊlstəz//
 
; NAmE NAmE//ˈboʊlstərz//
 
past simple bolstered
BrE BrE//ˈbəʊlstəd//
 
; NAmE NAmE//ˈboʊlstərd//
 
past participle bolstered
BrE BrE//ˈbəʊlstəd//
 
; NAmE NAmE//ˈboʊlstərd//
 
-ing form bolstering
BrE BrE//ˈbəʊlstərɪŋ//
 
; NAmE NAmE//ˈboʊlstərɪŋ//
 
 
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to improve something or make it stronger bolster something to bolster somebody’s confidence/courage/morale I needed to stress the bus driver’s evidence in order to bolster my case. bolster something up Falling interest rates may help to bolster up the economy. Word Origin Old English, of Germanic origin; related to Dutch bolster and German Polster.
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