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adjective American English pronunciation: bold /boʊld/ 
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adjectivebold
comparativebolder
superlativeboldest

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  1. 1
    confident and not afraid of people

    I was feeling bold, so I went ahead and asked him for more money.

    One bird was bold enough to come and peck crumbs from the table.

    1. a.
      involving a risk
      a bold move/step:

      In a bold move to try to cut pollution, the city council has banned open fires.

      a bold statement/assertion:

      They issued a bold statement calling for an immediate end to nuclear testing.

  2. 2
    very bright, clear, or strong in color and therefore easy to notice

    a shirt with bold blue and yellow stripes

    Babies like bold colors.

    1. a.
      using clear strong letters or lines

      Her name was written on the envelope in bold black letters.

    2. b.
      formal printed using darker or thicker letters than other printed letters
      in bold type (=printing using bold type):

      The most important items are listed in bold type.

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