Does below sentence makes sense?

He bolsters me whenever I am in need of

Here, I can't find any of dictionary meaning of bolster may fit here. Is this word usable in this context??

  • comment moved to answer... Commented Dec 21, 2014 at 18:02

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Here it means: He supports me whenever I am in need of (something).

From Dictionary.com:

to add to, support, or uphold

For example:

They bolstered their morale by singing.

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    imo - right & wrong… you don't 'bolster someone' you bolster an attribute of theirs, their confidence/morale etc Commented Dec 21, 2014 at 17:51
  • @Tetsujin, yeah it seems attributes can be referred to this, because many of the sentence examples i have read from texts of computer science uses it like that way
    – nmxprime
    Commented Dec 21, 2014 at 18:00

I don't think it's useable in that way. You can bolster - support or encourage - an attribute, not the person.

'He bolsters my [confidence/morale/mood etc]…'

A bolster is also a type of pillow, btw, a support for sleeping, cylindrical rather than flat & rectangular, which I would guess is the original meaning; secondary would be its use as a support for a person's mental state.



Longman DCE says in number 1: to bolster/to bolster up: to help someone to feel better and more positive. http://www.ldoceonline.com/dictionary/bolster_1

  • But, most of tech sentences from many books use it in ways Tetsujin showed.
    – nmxprime
    Commented Jan 12, 2015 at 5:07

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