Bolster - definition, pronunciation, transcription

Amer.  |ˈboʊlstər|  American pronunciation of the word bolster
Brit.  |ˈbəʊlstə|  British pronunciation of the word bolster


- a pillow that is often put across a bed underneath the regular pillows


- support and strengthen
- prop up with a pillow or bolster
- add padding to (syn: pad)


She came with me to bolster my confidence.

a convincing argument that was bolstered by the speaker's reputation

She is thinking of ways to bolster her career.

His sermons were all bolstered up with Greek and Latin.

He is making a bold attempt to bolster the territory's confidence.

his efforts to bolster his career

He wished to bolster up his theories with hard data.

Word forms

I/you/we/they: bolster
he/she/it: bolsters
present participle: bolstering
past tense: bolstered
past participle: bolstered
singular: bolster
plural: bolsters
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