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

Many people also tweeted their reactions to his bold shirt. Fox News, "Trump calls for resignations at NY Times over Kavanaugh story; Netanyahu's challenge in repeat election," 17 Sep. 2019 Even though bold jewelry adorns her wrists, she’s muted; the blunt wig of her stripping years has been traded in for a demure bob. Hannah Giorgis, The Atlantic, "How Hustlers Captured the Excesses of Pre-Recession Fashion," 17 Sep. 2019 Both are bold legislative proposals to address destruction caused by rising temperatures, particularly in low-income communities and communities of color. Nylah Burton, Essence, "Isra Hirsi Wants You To Join The Climate Strike On September 20," 17 Sep. 2019 Open since 2018 inside a former Holiday Inn Express, the Kinney has decor inspired by its neighbor, Cal Poly — 100 bold, modern guest rooms featuring plush king-sized beds and super-cool artwork. Jessica Yadegaran, The Mercury News, "Central Coast Inn-Escapable: 3 beautiful SLO County hotels," 15 Sep. 2019 No bold reimagination was needed for a team that last saw that room under more somber circumstances, its season stopped 60 minutes shy of the Stanley Cup. BostonGlobe.com, "(Debee Tlumacki for The Boston Globe)," 15 Sep. 2019 Known for his work on cultural identity in his native Guatemala, Palma evolved his photography from formal portraits to layered images with bold colors and shapes and exploration of abstraction. San Diego Union-Tribune, "Fall arts 2019 | Visual art: William-Adolphe Bouguereau, Fabiola Jean-Louis, Luis González Palma and more," 15 Sep. 2019 Something Deeply Hidden is enlightening and refreshingly bold. Andrea Gawrylewski, Scientific American, "The History of Opium, Facing Up to Quantum Mechanics and Other New Science Books," 13 Sep. 2019 Over the last decade China has positioned itself as a global leader on climate action through aggressive investments and a bold mix of climate, renewable energy, energy efficiency and economic policies. Fang Zhang, The Conversation, "China is positioned to lead on climate change as the US rolls back its policies," 12 Sep. 2019

Recent Examples on the Web: Noun

Springsteen’s lyrics are about unsung heroes who yearn for something better than what they’ve been dealt, a form of conflict Chadha approaches with a level of optimism that almost feels bold in this oft-cynical era of entertainment. Sonia Rao, Washington Post, "How ‘Blinded by the Light’ finds common ground between Bruce Springsteen and a Pakistani-British teenager," 17 Aug. 2019 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

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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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