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Definition support or strengthen

As a noun, bolster can refer to any of a number of specific things that provide support — especially a long narrow pillow.
  • She visited the troops to bolster morale.
bolster = support and strengthen
  • She is going on a speaking tour to bolster international support.
  • bolster = strengthen
  • Use this pillow to bolster your back.
  • bolster = support
  • The falling unemployment rate is bolstering consumer confidence.
  • bolstering = strengthening
  • He took her hand in his, gave it a bolstering squeeze.
    Nora Roberts  --  Dark Witch
  • bolstering = supporting
  • When court convened at the next term the court and sheriff were bolstered by sixty militiamen, but by then the defendant was not available for trial.
    Malcolm Gladwell  --  Outliers
  • bolstered = supported and strengthened
  • Quinn offered her a bolstering smile.
    Nora Roberts  --  Blood Brothers
  • bolstering = supporting
  • The bailiff represented the lowest-ranking male and depended on his belt hung with glistening pistol, clanging wad of keys, and clunky radio to bolster his position.
    Delia Owens  --  Where the Crawdads Sing
  • bolster = support and strengthen
  • Joe was running on an adrenaline high, far beyond his normal level of endurance, and if not for the bolstering effect of panic, he might have collapsed before he topped the ridge.
    Dean Koontz  --  Sole Survivor
  • bolstering = supporting and strengthening
  • To hear the heart-swelling sound of "The Internationale" to the accompaniment of fifty thousand boots while their leader stood defiant on the rostrum bolstered their confidence and hardened their resolve.
    Amor Towles  --  A Gentleman in Moscow
  • bolstered = supported and strengthened
  • Although she was bolstered up in her bed and could neither walk or stand, she was always calm.
    David McCullough  --  John Adams
  • bolstered = supported
  • The idea of sleeping in the near open bolstered my sense of freedom.
    Maya Angelou  --  I Know Why the Caged Bird Sings
  • bolstered = supported and strengthened
  • I wanted you to have a chance to get yourself on solid ground, get your heart bolstered up first.
    Sue Monk Kidd  --  The Secret Life of Bees
  • bolstered = supported or strengthened
  • What he needed was help — some encouragement, some guidance, anything to bolster his resolve.
    Trenton Lee Stewart  --  The Mysterious Benedict Society
  • bolster = support or strengthen
  • Alan stepped between them, bolstered by their apparent faith in him as mediator, and demanded that the two men open their palms.
    Dave Eggers  --  A Hologram for the King
  • bolstered = supported and strengthened
  • So I'd grabbed a book for myself and propped up a row of pillows for Mia to bolster her leg against, like she liked to at night.
    Gayle Forman  --  Where She Went
  • bolster = support
  • In dozens of letters that crisscrossed America, they shared their emotions and bolstered each other's hopes about "our boys."
    Laura Hillenbrand  --  Unbroken
  • bolstered = supported and strengthened
  • With a bolstering smile, Linda interrupted.
    J.D. Robb  --  Glory in Death
  • bolstering = supporting
  • You're ashamed of your son, so you want me to bolster your street cred.
    Rick Riordan  --  The Hammer of Thor
  • bolster = support and strengthen
  • He'd gone back to my room for my school copy of Walden and was reading aloud a lengthy passage that bolstered some point he was trying to make.
    Donna Tartt  --  The Goldfinch
bolstered = supported

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