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bolster (verb) support; strengthen.

You feel bolstered when you have people to support you and encourage you in a fight, an argument, a competition, etc.. You then feel confident and strengthened. People use statistics to bolster their arguments, that is, with the support of statistics, people press their points strongly. When someone is involved in a fight, the presence of people close to them bolsters their confidence. The result is they feel more confident.

  • Though shy by nature, Bess's confidence is bolstered by her supportive mother who always encourages her in all her efforts.
  • Left alone in an uncaring world by the death of her parents at her early age, Susan received from her uncle a lot of encouragement which bolstered her confidence.
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