\ ˈbōld How to pronounce bold (audio) \

Definition of bold

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1a : fearless before danger : intrepid bold settlers on some foreign shore— William Wordsworth
b : showing or requiring a fearless daring spirit a bold plan
2 : impudent, presumptuous punishing a bold child for talking back If I may be so bold, I'd like to make a few suggestions.
3 obsolete : assured, confident
4 : sheer, steep bold cliffs
5 : adventurous, free a bold thinker
6 : standing out prominently bold headlines
7 : being or set in boldface bold lettering



Definition of bold (Entry 2 of 2)

: boldface printed in bold

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Other Words from bold


boldly \ ˈbōl(d)-​lē How to pronounce bold (audio) \ adverb
boldness \ ˈbōl(d)-​nəs How to pronounce bold (audio) \ noun

Examples of bold in a Sentence

Adjective Few politicians have been bold enough to oppose the plan to cut taxes. It's a bold plan that might fail. Hiring a novice was a bold move. He punished the bold child for talking back. I'd like to offer a few criticisms, if I may be so bold. She wore a dress with bold stripes. The painting is done in bold colors.
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Recent Examples on the Web: Adjective Now, in a bold move, Ford has dramatically overhauled its F-150 for 2021. Tribune News Service, cleveland, "Ford’s new F-150: America’s favorite pickup goes hybrid (in more ways than one)," 2 Jan. 2021 Now, in a bold move, Ford has dramatically overhauled its F-150 for 2021. Dallas News, "Ford’s new F-150: America’s favorite pickup goes hybrid (in more ways than one)," 26 Dec. 2020 In July, Vivid Gentleman's Club in Houston made a bold move to survive the pandemic: the live entertainment venue moved its stripping and exotic dance performances outdoors, creating the state's first drive-thru strip club. Shacamree Gowdy, Chron, "The 8 wildest Houston events of 2020," 24 Dec. 2020 Some were bold enough to do it themselves and follow the directions on the back of a box of hair dye, and brands like Madison Reed and eSalon were ready to meet demand. New York Times, "The Beauty Products That Got Us Through 2020," 23 Dec. 2020 Henry Wallace moment, a bold move for a new administration at a time when our fellow Americans need it. Matt Russell, Time, "Millions of Americans Face Food Insecurity. The Biden Administration Must Make Helping Them a Priority," 23 Dec. 2020 There are few games in a position to do what Final Fantasy VII Remake did this year, and even fewer games bold enough to follow through on that opportunity. Ars Staff, Ars Technica, "Ars Technica’s best games of 2020," 22 Dec. 2020 Likened by some to Brown v. Board of Education, the landmark civil rights case that desegregated schools, Juliana has the potential to force a bold move by the courts. Nancy Lord, Anchorage Daily News, "New book highlights the stories of young people behind a landmark climate case," 12 Dec. 2020 With this big, bold move, Warner Bros. is essentially declaring that its priority, at least for the next year — pandemic or no — lies with streaming. refinery29.com, "The World Of Timothée Chalamet’s Dune Is Coming Straight To Your Home TV," 3 Dec. 2020 Recent Examples on the Web: Noun These presents have ranged from the bold (a save-the-date for their future wedding) to the heartfelt (a bracelet for the Bachelor’s daughter) to the bizarre (a handful of dirt). Sadie Gennis, Vulture, "The Bachelor Premieres By the Numbers," 4 Jan. 2021 Striking a balance between bold and bananas isn't always easy. Jim Ayello, The Indianapolis Star, "Insider: 10 bold predictions for Colts season," 11 Sep. 2020 Instead, Kenin played bold yet controlled, hitting five consecutive winners to turn things around. Ben Rothenberg, New York Times, "Australian Open: Sofia Kenin Defeats Garbiñe Muguruza for Her First Major Title," 1 Feb. 2020 Many responses to Rosner’s tweet suggested that simply putting a single word in bold would help a diner know how to identify a bottle. Esther Mobley, SFChronicle.com, "Yes, restaurant wine lists are confusing, but occasionally they get it right," 23 Jan. 2020 Springsteen’s lyrics are about unsung heroes who yearn for something better than what they’ve been dealt, a form of conflict Chadha approaches with a level of optimism that almost feels bold in this oft-cynical era of entertainment. Sonia Rao, Washington Post, "How ‘Blinded by the Light’ finds common ground between Bruce Springsteen and a Pakistani-British teenager," 17 Aug. 2019 The names in bold are parents who were listed as defendants in the case. Wsj Staff, WSJ, "Who Are the 33 Parents Charged in the College Admissions Cheating Scandal?," 12 Mar. 2019 There were bold, embellished gowns (Lili Reinhart, in Monique Lhuillier)! Glamour.com, Glamour, "The Best Looks From the 2018 Teen Choice Awards," 13 Aug. 2018 But perhaps worse is his bold—but more mainstream—demand that NATO countries meet an arbitrary military spending goal. Lindsay Koshgarian, Fortune, "Trump’s Complaints About NATO Defense Spending Don’t Add Up," 12 July 2018

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First Known Use of bold


before the 12th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1a


circa 1871, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for bold

Adjective and Noun

Middle English, from Old English beald; akin to Old High German bald bold

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The first known use of bold was before the 12th century

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11 Jan 2021

Cite this Entry

“Bold.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/bold. Accessed 18 Jan. 2021.

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English Language Learners Definition of bold

: not afraid of danger or difficult situations
: showing or needing confidence or lack of fear
: very confident in a way that may seem rude or foolish
\ ˈbōld How to pronounce bold (audio) \
bolder; boldest

Kids Definition of bold

1 : willing to meet danger or take risks : daring bold knights
2 : not polite and modest : fresh a bold remark
3 : showing or calling for courage or daring a bold plan
4 : standing out prominently She has a face with bold features.

Other Words from bold

boldly adverb
boldness noun

Medical Definition of BOLD

blood oxygenation level-dependent; blood oxygen level-dependent

Note: BOLD is used to describe imaging signals and methods that measure changes in the magnetic properties of hemoglobin accompanying changes in blood oxygen levels. BOLD functional magnetic resonance imaging is dependent on oxygen levels and is used especially in the study of brain function to produce images showing blood flow indicative of neural activity.

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