bold Definition

  • 1showing an ability to take risks; confident and courageous
  • 2having a strong or vivid appearance

Using bold: Examples

Take a moment to familiarize yourself with how "bold" can be used in various situations through the following examples!

  • Example

    She made a bold decision to quit her job and start her own business.

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    The painting features bold colors and brushstrokes.

  • Example

    He gave a bold speech that inspired the audience.

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    The company took a bold step by investing in new technology.

bold Synonyms and Antonyms

Antonyms for bold

Idioms Using bold

  • to have the courage or audacity to do something


    I wouldn't be so bold as to ask my boss for a raise after only working here for a month.

  • very confident and unashamed


    He walked into the meeting room, bold as brass, and started giving orders to everyone.

  • bold and beautiful

    a phrase used to describe someone who is both physically attractive and confident


    She's not only beautiful, but also bold and confident in everything she does.

Phrases with bold

  • a daring or risky action taken with confidence


    His decision to invest all his savings in the stock market was a bold move.

  • text that is printed in a darker or larger font than the surrounding text, often used for emphasis


    The important information is highlighted in bold print.

  • bold-faced lie

    an outright lie told with no attempt to conceal it


    He told a bold-faced lie when he said he had never seen the stolen goods before.

Origins of bold

from Old English 'beald', meaning 'bold, brave, confident'


Summary: bold in Brief

The term 'bold' [bohld] describes someone or something that is confident, courageous, and willing to take risks. It can refer to decisions, actions, or appearances, such as 'She made a bold decision to quit her job and start her own business,' or 'The painting features bold colors and brushstrokes.' Phrases like 'bold move' and idioms like 'bold as brass' further emphasize the idea of confidence and audacity.

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