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bolster

verb [T] uk   /ˈbəʊl.stər/ us    /ˈboʊl.stɚ/
to support or improve something or make it stronger: More money is needed to bolster the industry. She tried to bolster my confidence/morale (= encourage me and make me feel stronger) by telling me that I had a special talent. They need to do something to bolster their image.

bolster

noun [C] uk   /ˈbəʊl.stər/ us    /ˈboʊl.stɚ/
a long firm cylinder-shaped pillow
Translations of “bolster”
in Spanish travesaño…
in French traversin…
in German das Polster…
in Chinese (Traditional) 支撐, 加固, 提高,改善…
in Russian укреплять…
in Turkish desteklemek, geliştirmek, yüreklendirmek…
in Chinese (Simplified) 支撑, 加固, 提高,改善…
in Polish podbudowywać, umacniać…
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