bold

adjective
\ 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

bold

noun

Definition of bold (Entry 2 of 2)

: boldface printed in bold

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Other Words from bold

Adjective

boldly \ ˈbōl(d)-​lē How to pronounce boldly (audio) \ adverb
boldness \ ˈbōl(d)-​nəs How to pronounce boldness (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

Get our daily newsletter The former McKinsey consultant has bold plans to overhaul the country’s creaking bureaucracy, attract foreign investment and create enough new jobs to stem the exodus of skilled young workers. The Economist, "Kyriakos Mitsotakis sweeps to victory in Greece," 8 July 2019 Celeste goes to see Renata, who is seemingly her polar opposite: brash, bold, outspoken. Alex Abad-santos, Vox, "Big Little Lies season 2, episode 5: “Kill Me” shows how cunning Mary Louise really is," 8 July 2019 Based on the characters from Archie Comics and produced by Berlanti Productions in association with Warner Bros. Television and CBS Television Studios, this one-hour drama is a bold, subversive take on the surreality of small-town life. San Diego Union-Tribune, "Comic-Con: Here’s your Sunday schedule," 8 July 2019 And, almost 50 years later, the topic is still considered bold for television (though this is slowly changing). Farah Joan Fard, Marie Claire, "After 30 Years, We Still Owe Elaine From 'Seinfeld' So Much," 2 July 2019 The bold, geometric designs are inspired by the architecture and palette of the sisters’ three home bases: downtown Los Angeles, Joshua Tree and Jaipur. Jean Chen Smith, Cincinnati.com, "Top 10 summer trends for 2019, from fashion to furniture," 1 July 2019 The gluten-free pale ale, which is bold, hoppy, and citrusy, has won the most awards. Brierley Horton, Health.com, "8 Best Gluten-Free Beers You'll Want to Stock Up On," 27 June 2019 Some, however, said the college needed a bold plan. Danny Hakim, New York Times, "Jane Sanders and the Messy Demise of a Vermont College," 21 June 2019 Sam Smith Age: 31 Hometown: West Nanticoke, Pennsylvania Current City: Mountain Top, Pennsylvania Occupation: Truck Driver Three adjectives that describe you: Outgoing, bold, and comical. Dalton Ross, EW.com, "Meet the cast of Big Brother season 21," 17 June 2019

Recent Examples on the Web: Noun

The names in bold are parents who were listed as defendants in the case. Wsj Staff, WSJ, "Who Are the 33 Parents Charged in the College Admissions Cheating Scandal?," 12 Mar. 2019 There were bold, embellished gowns (Lili Reinhart, in Monique Lhuillier)! Glamour.com, Glamour, "The Best Looks From the 2018 Teen Choice Awards," 13 Aug. 2018 But perhaps worse is his bold—but more mainstream—demand that NATO countries meet an arbitrary military spending goal. Lindsay Koshgarian, Fortune, "Trump’s Complaints About NATO Defense Spending Don’t Add Up," 12 July 2018 Designer Sandra Nunnerley adds tranquil glamour to a his-and-hers bathroom in New York City, where the use of mosaic tile creates two different looks — one soft, one bold. Sarah Yang, House Beautiful, "Top Pin of the Day: A Bathroom with Amazing Mosaic Tile," 6 Jan. 2014 A: Bold and whimsical, heavily influenced by American traditional tattooing. Lisa Deaderick, sandiegouniontribune.com, "Changing the way people see art," 27 Aug. 2017 The Spanish outlet, infamous in recent years for bold and sometimes spurious claims, suggests that Griezmann has spoken 'seriously' with coach Diego Simeone, leading to an 'ultimatum'. SI.com, "Man Utd & Barcelona Target Antoine Griezmann Reportedly Issues Transfer Ultimatum to Atletico," 14 Aug. 2017 Bold printed pants, diminutive round black sunglasses, and the kind of lit-from-within confidence that's the sure mark of a modern day Super. Calin Van Paris, Vogue, "Gigi Hadid Turns Athleisure Hair Into a Street Style Home Run," 31 July 2017 The highest hotel in the metropolis, located at one of its most esteemed addresses, and offering an unparalleled experience, The Reverie Saigon is poised to introduce a bold, all- new brand of luxury to Vietnam for the first time. Town & Country, "These Are the 83 Top Hotels Around the World," 6 Oct. 2016

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First Known Use of bold

Adjective

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

Noun

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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bold

adjective

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

bold

adjective
\ 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.

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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