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adjective bold pronunciation in British English /bəʊld/
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adjectivebold
comparativebolder
superlativeboldest

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

    In a bold move to try and cut pollution, the city council has banned private cars.

    a bold statement/assertion:

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

    1. a.
      confident and not afraid of people

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

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

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

    a shirt with bold blue and yellow stripes

    Babies like bold colours.

    1. a.
      using clear strong letters or lines

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

    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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