bold

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adjective

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 adverb
boldness noun

bold

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noun

: boldface
printed in bold

Example Sentences

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. See More
Recent Examples on the Web
Adjective
But considering just two teams have won three state titles in a row, that's still bold. J.l. Kirven, The Courier-Journal, 28 Nov. 2022 Analysis:Chris McIntosh's moves to fire Paul Chryst and hire Luke Fickell are bold. Christopher Kuhagen, Journal Sentinel, 27 Nov. 2022 Be authentic, be bold, be your audience and know their culture, values and what keeps them up at night. Rolling Stone Culture Council, Rolling Stone, 18 Nov. 2022 Be bold in asking questions and making recommendations. Paul Lewis, Quartz, 22 Oct. 2022 Rhaenys thinks Alicent is bold, but still serving men. Omar L. Gallaga, Washington Post, 17 Oct. 2022 Be bold in exploring how to use the advantages of a unique VR environment. Expert Panel®, Forbes, 10 Oct. 2022 In an address to the conference Wednesday morning, Biden said the task was bold, but not too big to accomplish. Karen Weintraub, USA TODAY, 29 Sep. 2022 This prediction is bold only in the sense that the Apple TV+ movie is a small, subtle film that might have trouble attracting voters’ attention, even with Jennifer Lawrence and Henry playing the leads. Glenn Whipp, Los Angeles Times, 16 Nov. 2022
Noun
The Passenger also happens to be something of a masterpiece, an unsolvable equation left up on the blackboard for the bold to puzzle over. Nicholas Mancusi, Time, 24 Oct. 2022 Shutterstock Embraer made news last summer by sharing its vision for the future, which bridges the gap between bold and, well, old: turboprops. J. George Gorant, Robb Report, 17 Sep. 2022 And, as the saying goes, fortune favors the bold—and those who’ve rented a car with four-wheel drive. Christina Pérez, Vogue, 11 July 2022 Yet all four artists share a taste for hot oranges and pinks that make their visual chatter bold and scintillating. Mark Jenkins, Washington Post, 26 Aug. 2022 Bright blue cushions with sunny yellow pillows bring in the bold. Caitlin Sole, Better Homes & Gardens, 23 Aug. 2022 This year's contenders stand out in bold and breathtaking ways, always keeping us guessing — and captivated. People Staff, Peoplemag, 17 Aug. 2022 Bonding with bold and self-assured teen Billie won't be easy for Justin, who is a bit of a hot mess. Alamin Yohannes, EW.com, 16 June 2022 Built for the bold – MONOLITH 50/50 are the ultimate statement-making performance sunglasses. Mike Steere, Outside Online, 27 May 2022 See More

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Word History

Etymology

Adjective and Noun

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

First Known Use

Adjective

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

Noun

circa 1871, in the meaning defined above

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

Dictionary Entries Near bold

Cite this Entry

“Bold.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/bold. Accessed 4 Dec. 2022.

Kids Definition

bold

adjective

ˈbōld
1
a
: willing to meet danger or take risks : daring
b
: showing daring spirit
a bold plan
2
3
: steep entry 1 sense 1
bold cliffs
4
: standing out in a very noticeable way : conspicuous
bold colors
5
: being or set in boldface
bold letters
boldly
ˈbōl-(d)lē
adverb
boldness
ˈbōl(d)-nəs
noun

Medical Definition

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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