\ 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

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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 Times real estate reporter Roger Vincent has the scoop on the design for a bold new office tower on Sunset Boulevard in Hollywood. Los Angeles Times, 17 Sep. 2021 The House version of the bill that was drafted this week ushered in a new phase of the debate that could test whether Democrats can match their bold campaign rhetoric on everything from income inequality to climate change with actual legislation. Will Weissert, ajc, 17 Sep. 2021 Black creatives gave us bold beauty looks, gorgeous hair and show-stopping style that had cameras flashing and heads turning. Rachaell Davis, Essence, 17 Sep. 2021 The House version of the bill that was drafted this week ushered in a new phase of the debate that could test whether Democrats can match their bold campaign rhetoric on everything from income inequality to climate change with actual legislation., 17 Sep. 2021 While the star received a lot of praise for the bold red carpet moment, some social media critics called out the near-naked look. Naledi Ushe,, 17 Sep. 2021 This design will fit right in with farmhouse decor and make a bold statement at the same time. Sanah Faroke, Better Homes & Gardens, 17 Sep. 2021 That’s what Karen DeSalvo, Google’s chief health officer, told Erin when asked about whether tech can live up to its bold promises in health care. Stat Staff, STAT, 16 Sep. 2021 The soldier fly, which fittingly sports bold rainbow colors, now has the Latin name of Opaluma rupaul. Scott Gleeson, USA TODAY, 16 Sep. 2021 Recent Examples on the Web: Noun Fortune — or at least a literary culture attuned to grand ambitions and turned on by gestures of transgression — favors the bold. New York Times, 30 Aug. 2021 On the other hand, there’s outspoken Americana luminary Jason Isbell, who on Aug. 9 took a bold and then-lonely stand that fans would have to show proof of vaccination to get into any of his shows, effective immediately. Chris Willman, Variety, 19 Aug. 2021 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

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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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“Bold.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 26 Sep. 2021.

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English Language Learners Definition of bold

 (Entry 1 of 2)

: 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



English Language Learners Definition of bold (Entry 2 of 2)


\ 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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