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 decision, which hands disputed border areas to Eritrea, was the boldest move yet in a wave of reforms in Ethiopia, Africa’s second most populous country, after years of anti-government protests. Washington Post, "Eritrea leader visits Ethiopia on Saturday in historic thaw," 13 July 2018 His casting of non-professionals and first-timers is also a bold gamble that pays off. Stephen Dalton, The Hollywood Reporter, "'Volcano': Film Review | Karlovy Vary 2018," 13 July 2018 The bold move comes a month after President Trump met with North Korean dictator Kim Jong Un in an effort to denuclearize the Korean Peninsula. Ryan Gaydos, Fox News, "Russian military planes violate South Korean air defense zone four times, report says," 13 July 2018 Kayla is almost intentionally inconspicuous, perhaps afraid to share her sillier or bolder thoughts for fear of coming off as weird. David Sims, The Atlantic, "Eighth Grade Is a Mesmerizing, Heartfelt Portrait of Teenhood," 12 July 2018 Three bold predictions ▪ Peppers won’t finish with double-digit sacks again. Joseph Person, charlotteobserver, "Is a Panthers defensive line with 3 Pro Bowlers and Julius Peppers underappreciated?," 12 July 2018 The commission demanded that the neighborhood group start the permit process from scratch, but in a bold move district leaders fought back by withdrawing from the process entirely. Rosanna Xia, latimes.com, "Santa Cruz neighborhood rejects state orders to open beach for free," 11 July 2018 Having previously made her public appearances in pale, feminine hues, Markle arrived in a bold black dress with her signature scooped neckline, styled with nude heels and a stylish black fascinator. Lucy Wood, Marie Claire, "Kate Middleton Makes Surprise Appearance at RAF Centenary," 10 July 2018 Jorge Mas has a bold strategy of putting the MLS stadium on land where the Melreese Country Club now sits near Miami airport. Dave Hyde, Sun-Sentinel.com, "Hyde5: Would Carmelo Anthony really help the Heat?," 9 July 2018

Recent Examples on the Web: Noun

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

Middle English, from Old English beald; akin to Old High German bald bold

Noun

see bold entry 1

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Phrases Related to bold

(as) bold as brass

be/make so 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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