bold

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adjective

1
a
: fearless before danger : intrepid
bold settlers on some foreign shoreWilliam 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
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: standing out prominently
bold headlines
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: being or set in boldface
bold lettering
boldly adverb
boldness noun

bold

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noun

: boldface
printed in bold

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. See More
Recent Examples on the Web
Adjective
New World Pinots, on the other hand, rarely show the finesse of their French cousins but instead offer deeper, bolder, more tannic structure, even if a high alcohol level of 14.5% keep them out of balance. John Mariani, Forbes, 21 Feb. 2024 Rather than painting your entire nail in this bold texture, Legend suggests embossing French tips with the design in earth tones. Annie Blay, Allure, 20 Feb. 2024 Israel’s success was not in having the best weapons or the boldest commanders—welcome as these are—but in swift adaptation under fire. Shashank Joshi, Foreign Affairs, 20 Feb. 2024 One bold statement, Bourbon Street, envelopes recipients in a little cloud of smoke when it’s presented. Tom Sietsema, Washington Post, 20 Feb. 2024 The Beyoncé of it all Such bold, bright, talented, unapologetic women make good company for Beyoncé, one of the top-selling recording artists in history with a cultural footprint too massive to describe. Aj Willingham, CNN, 20 Feb. 2024 Walmart also wants to become a bigger player in streaming TV advertising specifically, where Amazon has been making bold moves. Jason Del Rey, Fortune, 20 Feb. 2024 In the final two shots, Gomez tucks into a croissant and coffee outside a Parisian café while sporting a bold red lip. Kirsty Hatcher, Peoplemag, 19 Feb. 2024 Those who love and cook authentic Mexican food know its bold flavors, complexities, and rich history. L. Daniela Alvarez, Better Homes & Gardens, 8 Feb. 2024
Noun
His return bolds well for Hunter Henry (ADP: 260) as well. Eddie Brown, San Diego Union-Tribune, 6 Sep. 2023 Danne recounted his strategy, which, to a room of designers, felt test-pilot bold. Robert Sullivan, The New Yorker, 20 Nov. 2023 The last time Bill O’Brien was the offensive coordinator for the Patriots, Rob Gronkowski and Aaron Hernandez combined for 169 receptions (on 237 targets), 2,237 yards and 24 touchdowns — O’Brien’s return bolds well for Hunter Henry (NE) and Mike Gesicki (NE). Eddie Brown, San Diego Union-Tribune, 7 Sep. 2023 Fortune favors the bold. Anto Dotcom, Forbes, 3 Oct. 2022 And fortune favors the bold. Jiayang Fan, The New Yorker, 10 June 2022 In this case, fortune favors the bold. Abhi Rahman, CNN, 5 May 2022 Second, fortune favors the bold. Mike Kerrigan, WSJ, 4 May 2022 America favors the bold. Ciku Kimeria, Quartz, 6 Apr. 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 1 Mar. 2024.

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

BOLD

abbreviation
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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