bolster

Exam frequency

GRE

high

Banks

high

Civil Services

high

Meaning(s)

support or improve something

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bolster - support

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When you ‘bolster’ something you strengthen or increase it. The word is frequently used in relation to things like a person’s confidence, courage, efforts, chances, etc. It is most commonly encountered in a professional context and has only positive connotations.

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Synonyms fortify
Antonyms obstruct,hinder

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  1. Sealing that important deal will no doubt bolster your chances of securing that promotion you’re after.

  2. John is very down after making that costly mistake. We need to find a way of bolstering his confidence.

  3. I think we should add Jane to the task force. Her presence will bolster an already strong team.

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