bold

adjective
\ ˈbōld \

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 \ adverb
boldness \ ˈbōl(d)-​nəs \ 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

The campaign, shot by Cepis, shows Brosnahan in bold, playful, and colorful looks, emulating Spade's whimsical and chic personal style, while sporting bags, shoes, and jewelry from the Frances Valentine Spring 2019 collection. Erica Gonzales, Harper's BAZAAR, "Rachel Brosnahan, Kate Spade's Niece, Stars in a New Campaign Honoring the Late Designer," 30 Jan. 2019 The season’s new shirting favors the trim, the tailored, the bold, and the belted– anything, in short, but the basics. Daniel Jackson, Vogue, "The Season’s New Shirting: Trim, Tailored, Bold and Belted," 17 Jan. 2019 Ever since, the collective has grown into a popular artistic front known for creating bold, anticolonial feminist public art across the archipelago. Raquel Reichard, Teen Vogue, "Art Collective Colectivo Moriviví is Painting Political Murals Throughout Puerto Rico," 4 Jan. 2019 This isn’t exactly the happiest of books, but Kameron Hurley’s standalone space opera is a bold, engrossing read that made our 2017 best novels list. Andrew Liptak, The Verge, "The 13 best sci-fi books to check out on your new Kindle," 29 Dec. 2018 The fourth, and boldest, is to reject the question entirely. David Roberts, Vox, "The Green New Deal, explained," 21 Dec. 2018 But Microsoft knows from experience that a bold move can strike at the heart of a growing browser monopoly. Eric Limer, Popular Mechanics, "Google Chrome Is Poised to Swallow the Whole Internet," 4 Dec. 2018 This was a bold move that largely precludes Redmond from asserting its > patents against Android and should mean that the company will no longer > receive royalties from smartphone manufacturers. Peter Bright, Ars Technica, "GitHub is now officially a part of Microsoft," 26 Oct. 2018 Next, though, Spicer makes the bold move of skipping over Yates’s warning about Flynn entirely. Andrew Prokop, Vox, "Sean Spicer’s book misleads about 2 events Mueller is investigating," 26 July 2018

Recent Examples on the Web: Noun

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 Bold, modern takes on Shakespeare often shift the era and style of a play. Misha Berson, The Seattle Times, "Review: Seattle Shakes’ ‘Midsummer Night’s Dream’ is missing some of its magic," 12 May 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 \
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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