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"bolster" in British English

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bolsterverb [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 ​feelstronger) by ​telling me that I had a ​specialtalent. They need to do something to bolster ​their image.

bolsternoun [C]

uk   /ˈbəʊl.stər/  us   /ˈboʊl.stɚ/
a ​longfirm cylinder-shaped pillow
(Definition of bolster from the Cambridge Advanced Learner’s Dictionary & Thesaurus © Cambridge University Press)

"bolster" in American English

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bolsterverb [T]

 us   /ˈboʊl·stər/
  • bolster verb [T] (SUPPORT)

to ​support something, or make something ​stronger: The UN is ​sending more ​troops to bolster the peacekeepers.

bolsternoun [C]

 us   /ˈboʊl·stər/
  • bolster noun [C] (OBJECT ON BED)

a ​longpillow (= ​clothbagfilled with ​material), usually ​shaped like a ​tube
(Definition of bolster from the Cambridge Academic Content Dictionary © Cambridge University Press)
Translations of “bolster”
in Spanish travesaño…
in Vietnamese gối ôm…
in Malaysian bantal peluk…
in Thai หมอนยาวทรงกระบอก…
in French traversin…
in German das Polster…
in Chinese (Simplified) 支撑, 加固, 提高,改善…
in Turkish desteklemek, geliştirmek, yüreklendirmek…
in Russian укреплять…
in Indonesian bantal panjang…
in Chinese (Traditional) 支撐, 加固, 提高,改善…
in Polish podbudowywać, umacniać…
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