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Princeton's WordNet

  1. boldface, bold face, boldadjective

    a typeface with thick heavy lines

  2. boldadjective

    fearless and daring

    "bold settlers on some foreign shore"; "a bold speech"; "a bold adventure"

  3. boldadjective

    clear and distinct

    "bold handwriting"; "a figure carved in bold relief"; "a bold design"

  4. bluff, bold, sheeradjective

    very steep; having a prominent and almost vertical front

    "a bluff headland"; "where the bold chalk cliffs of England rise"; "a sheer descent of rock"

Samuel Johnson's Dictionary

  1. BOLDadjective

    Etymology: bald, Saxon.

    The wicked flee when no man pursueth; but the righteous are bold as a lion. Prov. xxviii. 1.

    I have seen the councils of a noble country grow bold, or timorous, according to the fits of his good or ill health that managed them. William Temple.

    These, nervous, bold; those, languid and remiss. Wentworth Dillon.

    The cathedral church is a very bold work, and a masterpiece in Gothick architecture. Joseph Addison, on Italy.

    We were bold in our God to speak unto you the gospel of God with much contention. 1 Thess. ii. 2.

    I can be bold to say, that this age is adorned with some men of that judgment, that they could open new and undiscovered ways to knowledge. John Locke.

    In thy prosperity he will be as thyself, and will be bold over thy servants. If thou be brought low, he will be against thee. Ecclus, vi. 11.

    Which no bold tales of Gods or monsters swell,
    But human passions, such as with us dwell. Edmund Waller.

    Catechreses and hyperboles are to be used judiciously, and placed in poetry, as heightenings and shadows are in painting, to make the figures bolder, and cause it to stand off to sight. John Dryden, State of Innocence, Preface.

    Her dominions lie scattered, and have bold accessible coasts. James Howell, Vocal Forest.

    I have made bold to send to your wife;
    My suit is, that she will to Desdemona
    Procure me some access. William Shakespeare, Othello.

    Making so bold,
    My fears forgetting manners, to unseal
    Their grand commission. William Shakespeare, Hamlet.

    And were y’ as good as George a Green,
    I shall make bold to turn agen. Hudibras, p. ii. c. ii.

    I durst not make thus bold with Ovid, lest some future Milbourn should arise. John Dryden, Fables, Preface.

    Some men have the fortune to be esteemed wits, only for making bold to scoff at these things, which the greatest part of mankind reverence. John Tillotson.

Webster Dictionary

  1. Boldnoun

    forward to meet danger; venturesome; daring; not timorous or shrinking from risk; brave; courageous

  2. Boldnoun

    exhibiting or requiring spirit and contempt of danger; planned with courage; daring; vigorous

  3. Boldnoun

    in a bad sense, too forward; taking undue liberties; over assuming or confident; lacking proper modesty or restraint; rude; impudent

  4. Boldnoun

    somewhat overstepping usual bounds, or conventional rules, as in art, literature, etc.; taking liberties in composition or expression; as, the figures of an author are bold

  5. Boldnoun

    standing prominently out to view; markedly conspicuous; striking the eye; in high relief

  6. Boldnoun

    steep; abrupt; prominent

  7. Boldverb

    to make bold or daring

  8. Boldverb

    to be or become bold


  1. Bold

    Bold is a late 1980s youth crew hardcore band from Westchester County, New York, which along with bands like Youth Of Today and Side By Side were a part of the Youth Crew, and an influence in the late 80's straight edge hardcore scene. The band progressed to a more rock-oriented sound in its later years.

Chambers 20th Century Dictionary

  1. Bold

    bōld, adj. daring or courageous: forward or impudent: presumptuous: executed with spirit: striking to the sight, well marked: steep or abrupt.—v.t. Bold′en (obs.), to make bold.—adj. Bold′faced, impudent.—adv. Bold′ly.—n. Bold′ness.—To make bold, to take the liberty, to make free. [A.S. bald; Old High Ger. bald, Ice. ballr.]

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British National Corpus

  1. Adjectives Frequency

    Rank popularity for the word 'bold' in Adjectives Frequency: #792

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  1. Chaldean Numerology

    The numerical value of bold in Chaldean Numerology is: 7

  2. Pythagorean Numerology

    The numerical value of bold in Pythagorean Numerology is: 6

Examples of bold in a Sentence

  1. Amy Klobuchar:

    Marianne Williamson're going to hear a lot of promises up here, but I'm going will tell Marianne Williamson this, yes, I have bold ideas but they are grounded in reality. And, yes, I will make some simple promises. I can win this. I'm from the Midwest. And I have won every race, every place, every time.

  2. Kim Kye Gwan:

    We have inwardly highly appreciated President Trump for having made the bold decision, which any other U.S. presidents dared not, and made efforts for such a crucial event as the summit, we even inwardly hoped that what is called 'Trump formula' would help clear both sides of their worries and comply with the requirements of our side and would be a wise way of substantial effect for settling the issue.

  3. Ady Barkan:

    I supported Elizabeth Warren and Bernie Sanders in the primary because Elizabeth Warren gave me hope. I was inspired by Elizabeth Warren bold progressive vision. Joe Biden was not my pick, and when Elizabeth Warren dropped out I was devastated. Maybe you felt the same way, and that is exactly why I wanted to tell you why I am supporting Joe Biden in this election and why I hope you will too, i am endorsing Joe Biden for president because Joe Biden for president is everything Donald Trump is not : compassionate, intelligent and committed to the public interest.

  4. Muge Cevik:

    Deeply concerned about this bold statement, there's no scientific evidence I am aware of that ibuprofen [ causes worse ] outcomes in #COVID 19.

  5. Andrew Cuomo:

    As our federal government continues to support the dying fossil fuel industry, deny climate change, and roll back environmental protections, New York is leading the nation with bold climate action to protect our planet and our communities.

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  • جريءArabic
  • получерен, смел, храбър, черенBulgarian
  • agosarat, negretaCatalan, Valencian
  • odvážný, tučný, smělý, zvýrazněný, troufalý, polotučnýCzech
  • fed, modigDanish
  • kühn, mutig, tapfer, wagemutig, fettGerman
  • θαρραλέος, τολμηρόςGreek
  • aŭdacaEsperanto
  • negrita, intrépido, atrevido, audazSpanish
  • paks, vahva, julgeEstonian
  • karski, uskalias, selväpiirteinen, suorasukainen, röyhkeä, lihavoitu, rohkea, arastelematon, urhoollinen, arkailematon, voimakasFinnish
  • audacieux, hardi, effronté, grasFrench
  • dánaIrish
  • dàna, tromScottish Gaelic
  • אמיצה, דגוש, בולט, אמיץHebrew
  • साहसिकHindi
  • kövér, bátorHungarian
  • audace, sfrontato, coraggioso, grassetto, arditoItalian
  • נועזHebrew
  • 太字, ボールド体, 大胆, 勇敢Japanese
  • feroxLatin
  • moedig, vet, vetgedruktDutch
  • modigNorwegian
  • pogrubienie, odważny, śmiały, pogrubiony, tłustyPolish
  • negrito, corajoso, audacioso, bravoPortuguese
  • отважный, полужирный, смелый, жирный, храбрыйRussian
  • храбар, odvažan, hrabar, podebljan, одважанSerbo-Croatian
  • trúfalý, odvážny, opovážlivý, smelýSlovak
  • djärv, fet, fetstilt, modigSwedish
  • kalınTurkish
  • 胆大Chinese

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    money demanded for the return of a captured person
    • A. ransom
    • B. drought
    • C. suffering
    • D. nuisance

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