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bold

adjective \ ˈbōld \
Updated on: 8 Dec 2017

Definition of bold

1 a : 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

boldly

play \ˈbōl(d)-lē\ adverb

boldness

play \ˈbōl(d)-nəs\ noun

Examples of bold in a Sentence

  1. Few politicians have been bold enough to oppose the plan to cut taxes.

  2. It's a bold plan that might fail.

  3. Hiring a novice was a bold move.

  4. He punished the bold child for talking back.

  5. I'd like to offer a few criticisms, if I may be so bold.

  6. She wore a dress with bold stripes.

  7. The painting is done in bold colors.

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Origin and Etymology of bold

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


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bold

noun

Definition of bold

: boldface
  • printed in bold

Recent Examples of bold from the Web

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Origin and Etymology of bold

see 1bold



BOLD Defined for English Language Learners

bold

adjective

Definition of bold for English Language Learners

  • : 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


BOLD Defined for Kids

bold

adjective \ ˈbōld \

Definition of bold for Students

bolder; boldest
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.

boldly

adverb

boldness

noun

Medical Dictionary

BOLD

abbreviation

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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