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bolster

bol·ster

bolster

 
 
pronunciation:
bol str
parts of speech:
noun, transitive verb
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part of speech: noun
definition 1: a pillow or cushion, esp. a long, cylindrical one used on a sofa or bed.
When you make the bed, pull the bedspread up over the bolster.
similar words:
cushion
definition 2: something serving as a cushion.
He rolled his sweater into a bolster for her head.
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part of speech: transitive verb
inflections: bolstered, bolstering, bolsters
definition 1: to give support with a bolster.
The patient's back was bolstered so he could read in bed.
definition 2: to encourage or lend support to.
Her words bolstered me in those dark times.Success in the first round bolstered his confidence.
antonyms:
block, undermine
similar words:
buttress, nerve, support
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