bolster


bolster
[[t]bo͟ʊlstə(r)[/t]]
bolsters, bolstering, bolstered
1) VERB If you bolster something such as someone's confidence or courage, you increase it.

[V n] Hopes of an early cut in interest rates bolstered confidence.

[V n] ...a number of measures intended to bolster morale.

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2) VERB If someone tries to bolster their position in a situation, they try to strengthen it.

[V n] Britain is free to adopt policies to bolster its economy.

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Bolster up means the same as bolster.

Also V n P V P n (not pron) ...an aid programme to bolster up their troubled economy.

3) N-COUNT A bolster is a firm pillow shaped like a long tube which is sometimes put across a bed under the ordinary pillows.
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English dictionary. 2008.

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  • Bolster — Bol ster (b[=o]l st[ e]r; 110), n. [AS. bolster; akin to Icel. b[=o]lstr, Sw. & Dan. bolster, OHG. bolstar, polstar, G. polster; from the same root as E. bole stem, bowl hollow vessel. Cf. {Bulge}, {Poltroon}.] 1. A long pillow or cushion, used… …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • Bolster — Bol ster, v. t. [imp. & p. p. {Bolstered}; p. pr. & vb. n. {Bolstering}.] 1. To support with a bolster or pillow. S. Sharp. [1913 Webster] 2. To support, hold up, or maintain with difficulty or unusual effort; often with up. [1913 Webster] To… …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • bolster — bol·ster / bōl stər/ vt: to use evidence usu. improperly to give weight to (evidence already introduced) Merriam Webster’s Dictionary of Law. Merriam Webster. 1996. bolster …   Law dictionary

  • bolster — [bōl′stər] n. [ME & OE, akin to ON bolstr, Ger polster; ult. < IE base * bhel , to swell: see BALL1] 1. a long, narrow cushion or pillow 2. a soft pad for easing pressure on any part of the body 3. any bolsterlike object or support; specif.,… …   English World dictionary

  • Bolster — Bolster. См. Штамподержатель. (Источник: «Металлы и сплавы. Справочник.» Под редакцией Ю.П. Солнцева; НПО Профессионал , НПО Мир и семья ; Санкт Петербург, 2003 г.) …   Словарь металлургических терминов

  • bolster up — index corroborate, reassure Burton s Legal Thesaurus. William C. Burton. 2006 …   Law dictionary

  • bolster — vb prop, *support, sustain, buttress, brace Analogous words: *strengthen, reinforce, fortify: uphold, champion (see SUPPORT) …   New Dictionary of Synonyms

  • bolster — [v] help aid, assist, bear up, boost, brace, buck up, bulwark, buoy, buttress, carry, cushion, help, hold up, maintain, pick up, pillow, prop, reinforce, shore up, stay, strengthen, support, sustain, uphold; concept 110 Ant. hinder, not support,… …   New thesaurus

  • bolster — ► NOUN 1) a long, firm pillow. 2) a part in a tool, vehicle, or structure providing support or reducing friction. ► VERB ▪ support or strengthen. DERIVATIVES bolsterer noun. ORIGIN Old English …   English terms dictionary

  • Bolster — A bolster (etymology: Middle English, derived from Old English, and before that the Germanic word bulgstraz ) is a long narrow pillow or cushion filled with cotton, down, or fibre. In western countries, it is usually placed at the head of bed and …   Wikipedia


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