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English definition of “bold”

bold

adjective [-er/-est only]  /boʊld/ us  

bold adjective [-er/-est only] (BRAVE)

brave, or without fear: He is a qualified politician with bold ideas. Bold can also mean not shy, and almost rude: She was friendly without being bold.

bold adjective [-er/-est only] (NOTICEABLE)

likely to attract your attention; showy: The costumes were in beautiful, bold colors.
boldly
adverb  /ˈboʊld·li/ us  
He dealt boldly with the problem and hoped he was right.
(Definition of bold from the Cambridge Academic Content Dictionary © Cambridge University Press)
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