\ 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 Even supporters of Garland’s approach so far want bold action — at least in the realm of norm-building. David Montgomery, Washington Post, 19 July 2021 Turner built a national reputation as a leading voice for Bernie Sanders’ presidential campaigns, bringing crowds in packed auditoriums to their feet with rousing calls for universal health care and bold action to combat climate change. Will Weissert, ajc, 12 July 2021 Turner built a national reputation as a leading voice for Bernie Sanders' presidential campaigns, bringing crowds in packed auditoriums to their feet with rousing calls for universal health care and bold action to combat climate change. Will Weissert, Star Tribune, 11 July 2021 This can be before the bold step is taken or during the process of running your own business. Benjamin Laker, Forbes, 7 July 2021 McAuliffe ran on his record while promising to deliver on bold ideas if elected, but his past as governor was also a point of attack for his primary opponents. Rick Klein, Averi Harper, ABC News, 9 June 2021 Less than 36 hours before a midnight Sunday deadline to pass major legislation, a dozen Texas House Democrats met over Zoom to discuss a bold step that their party’s leadership had cautioned against earlier that day: A walkout. Cayla Harris, San Antonio Express-News, 3 June 2021 He’s young with big, bold ideas and carries himself with an optimism that might endear him to voters. cleveland, 5 May 2021 Being bold often reaps a lot of rewards, especially in industry domains where you are expected to disrupt rather than be disrupted. Keren Pakes, Forbes, 5 July 2021 Recent Examples on the Web: Noun Beekman’s curated inventory of rentable jewels includes iconic pieces like Cartier’s diamond panther earrings, a set of bold jeweled Verdura cuffs, and the Bird on a Rock brooch that Jean Schlumberger designed for Tiffany’s. Jill Newman, Town & Country, 29 June 2021 Honestly, if people still made AIM away messages, this would be mine (written in impact bold, of course). Carolyn Twersky, Seventeen, 14 June 2021 But Fassel, the NFL’s coach of the year in 1997, permanently endeared himself to Giants fans with his bold — and accurate — proclamation. Sam Farmer, Los Angeles Times, 8 June 2021 While Ninkasi is famous for their big bold IPA's their Cold Filtered Lager is crisp and clean, just like the mountain waters used to make it. Hudson Lindenberger, Forbes, 15 Apr. 2021 Any room that has a lot of light is a great opportunity to use a bold or darker color. Washington Post, Star Tribune, 5 Mar. 2021 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, 4 Jan. 2021 Striking a balance between bold and bananas isn't always easy. Jim Ayello, The Indianapolis Star, 11 Sep. 2020 Instead, Kenin played bold yet controlled, hitting five consecutive winners to turn things around. Ben Rothenberg, New York Times, 1 Feb. 2020

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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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22 Jul 2021

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“Bold.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 25 Jul. 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.
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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