\ ˈbōld How to pronounce bold (audio) \

Definition of bold

 (Entry 1 of 2)

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

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. See More
Recent Examples on the Web: Adjective And as per usual, the couple coordinated in bold and experimental outfits. Chelsey Sanchez, Harper's BAZAAR, 27 Sep. 2022 Her name was hadis najafi, a 20-year-old girl, bold and brave. Babak Dehghanpisheh, Washington Post, 25 Sep. 2022 The lilac hues featured in this find from Danish label Samsøe Samsøe make for a bold (but tasteful) fall wedding guest look. Jaimie Potters, ELLE, 24 Sep. 2022 Ten years ago, the misogyny requirements were in bold at the top of the email. Seija Rankin, The Hollywood Reporter, 6 Sep. 2022 Here are the nominees, with winners in bold, in the five music categories that were presented on Sunday. Paul Grein, Billboard, 4 Sep. 2022 Without such bold action, alumni, their families, and, apparently, taxpayers will all pay the price. Ellen Carmichael, National Review, 30 Aug. 2022 Full tour dates and support acts are below, with new ones in bold. Jem Aswad, Variety, 26 Aug. 2022 Those who take bold action during a decline are most likely to survive it and to catapult forward when recovery comes. Expert Panel®, Forbes, 15 Aug. 2022 Recent Examples on the Web: Noun 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,, 16 June 2022 Built for the bold – MONOLITH 50/50 are the ultimate statement-making performance sunglasses. Mike Steere, Outside Online, 27 May 2022 The feeling stems from their philosophy of life: Fortune favors the bold. Vogue, 23 May 2022 See More

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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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More Definitions for bold


\ 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.
5 : being or set in boldface

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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