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bold

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Pronunciation: /bəʊld
 
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Definition of bold in English:

adjective

1(Of a person, action, or idea) showing a willingness to take risks; confident and courageous: a bold attempt to solve the crisis no journalist was bold enough to take on the Prime Minister
More example sentences
  • Andreu, one of the world's leading experts in airport design, has been praised for the exceptional engineering which allows his bold ideas to come to life.
  • To say it is a bold idea is not to say that it's new.
  • His job has been to head a congregation whose assignment is not to generate new and bold ideas, but to preserve the integrity of the tradition of the church.
Synonyms
spirited, confident, positive, decisive, assured, enterprising;
rash, reckless, brash, foolhardy
informal gutsy, spunky, ballsy, game, feisty
literary temerarious
1.1 dated (Of a person or their manner) so confident as to be impudent or presumptuous: she tossed him a bold look
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  • No man's Mercedes is safe; the thieves are so bold they'll make off with your vintage automobile with a forklift.
  • With a shrug, Lenore plopped down on the tiny chair of her table, crossing her legs in a bold manner.
  • I believe that such feelings will not be considered bold presumption but an act of love.
1.2Irish (Especially of a child) naughty; badly behaved: I slapped him when he was bold
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  • Like a bold boy at a children's party, he still insists on being the centre of attention even though it's not his birthday.
2(Of a colour, design, or shape) having a strong, vivid, or clear appearance: a coat with bold polka dots
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  • Utzon's interior design was characterised by bold colours and fantastic shapes.
  • There is less intricacy of detail, and the bold lines and strong colours relate them to North Indian folk art.
  • They are like cartoons, with their bold lines, bright colours and flat shapes.
Synonyms
striking, vivid, bright, strong, eye-catching, conspicuous, distinct, pronounced, prominent, obvious, outstanding, well marked, showy, flashy, gaudy, lurid, garish
2.1Of a kind of typeface having dark, heavy strokes, used especially for emphasis: cross references are printed in bold type
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  • As if to emphasise the point, the report prints the comment in bold type.
  • I'd like the following printed on all scorecards in bold type.
  • Paragraph 3 has a footnote at the end in bold type.
Synonyms
heavy, thick, clear, conspicuous, distinct, pronounced, outstanding

noun

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A bold typeface or letter: Shadow cabinet members listed in bold
More example sentences
  • Google will display the search keywords in bold in your ad if they're present.
  • The questions will then pertain to that picture and the answers will be listed in bold under the questions.
  • After I scribble ‘The Dimensional Traveler’ in bold on a blank page, I pick up another blank page.

Origin

Old English bald, of Germanic origin; related to Dutch boud and to German bald 'soon'.

Phrases

be (or make) so bold (as to do something)

1
formal Dare to do something that might be considered audacious (used when politely asking a question or making a suggestion): what would he be calling for, if I might make so bold as to ask?
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  • There are plenty of disgusting foods out there, but I don't think there are many companies that would dare to be so bold as to stick a name like Pork Brains In Milk Gravy right on the can.
  • May I be so bold as to suggest one to add to your list.
  • Might I be so bold as to suggest a synchronised charge tomorrow morning?

(as) bold as brass

2
Confident to the point of impudence: she marched into the library as bold as brass
More example sentences
  • Bold and brash - indeed bold as brass - the young property developer who sauntered into a moribund Tynecastle in 1981 was unfazed that he was not the players' choice.
  • He now has colleagues who are full of confidence, bold as brass and ready to make their way in the world.
  • They waltzed into the party bold as brass and started dancing with two men on the dance floor.

bold stroke

3
A daring action or initiative: the budget was full of bold strokes
More example sentences
  • They can in one bold stroke change the economic coffee landscape with an initiative in support of the coffee farmers in the global village.
  • It's a pretty bold stroke considering his history on some of these campaign fund-raising issues.
  • In one bold stroke, Google will give new value to millions of orphaned works.

Derivatives

boldly

1
adverb
Example sentences
  • The sequence starts boldly with Blazon, a brilliant combination of fanfare and concerto for orchestra.
  • On several occasions he boldly took the ball past defenders, perhaps failing to release it quite quickly enough.
  • The second story boldly asserts that the most dangerous kind of official is the incorruptible one.

boldness

2
noun
Example sentences
  • His boldness sparked strong suspicions of his guilt in the local community and he found he could not return to normal life.
  • Politicians who show some boldness and determination to act deserve support.
  • I took off and put on my underwear several times before I decided in favour of boldness.

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