bolster Definition

  • 1to support or strengthen something
  • 2a long, narrow cushion or pillow

Using bolster: Examples

Take a moment to familiarize yourself with how "bolster" can be used in various situations through the following examples!

  • Example

    The government is taking action to bolster the economy.

  • Example

    She tried to bolster my confidence by telling me I could do it.

  • Example

    He used a bolster to prop up the sagging mattress.

  • Example

    I need a bolster for my yoga practice.

bolster Synonyms and Antonyms

Synonyms for bolster

Antonyms for bolster

Idioms Using bolster

  • to increase the number of people in a group or organization


    The company is looking to bolster its ranks with new hires.

  • bolster one's case

    to provide additional evidence or arguments in support of one's position


    The lawyer bolstered her case with new testimony from a key witness.

  • to take actions to improve or strengthen the economy


    The government is implementing policies to bolster the economy and create jobs.

Phrases with bolster

  • to support or strengthen something


    We need to bolster up our defenses against cyber attacks.

  • a long, narrow cushion or pillow


    I like to sleep with a bolster pillow under my knees.

  • to increase one's confidence or self-assurance


    Her words of encouragement bolstered my confidence before the big presentation.

Origins of bolster

from Middle English 'bolstre', from Old English 'bolster', meaning 'a cushion, something stuffed with wool'


Summary: bolster in Brief

'Bolster' [ˈbəʊlstə(r)] can be used as a verb or a noun. As a verb, it means to support or strengthen something, as in 'The government is taking action to bolster the economy.' It can also refer to using a long, narrow cushion or pillow, as in 'He used a bolster to prop up the sagging mattress.' 'Bolster' extends into phrases like 'bolster up,' and idioms like 'bolster the ranks,' denoting increasing numbers, and 'bolster one's case,' implying additional evidence.

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