#WordOfTheDay – What does it mean to bolster someone up?

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Instead of wondering why you don’t know so many English words, step up your game with our #WordOfTheDay series.

Today’s word is Bolster / ˈbəʊlstə  /

Bolster can either be a noun or a verb.

As a noun it means a long thick pillow that is placed under other pillows for support or a part of a vehicle or tool providing support or reducing friction.

When you use this word as a verb it means to help someone feel better and more positive

It could also mean to strengthen something through support or encouragement, to keep something raised OR to prop something up.

For Example

  • You should be hesitant to take any beverage which claims to bolster your energy level
  • Getting good grades will bolster any student’s self confidence.
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