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adjective bold pronunciation in American English /boʊld/
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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

    1. 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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noun [uncountable]

sea lion

in an online conversation, repeatedly asking a person questions which suggest that you are interested in what they are talking about, but are actually intended to annoy them

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