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"bold" in British English

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boldadjective

uk   /bəʊld/  us   /boʊld/

bold adjective (BRAVE)

B2 not ​frightened of ​danger: She was a bold and ​fearlessclimber. The ​newspaper made the bold move/took the bold step of ​publishing the ​names of the men ​involved.
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bold adjective (NOTICEABLE)

B1 strong in ​colour or ​shape, and very ​noticeable to the ​eye: They ​painted the ​kitchen in bold colours.in bold (type/print) printed in ​thickdarkletters: This ​sentence is ​printed in bold.

bold adjective (NOT SHY)

not ​shy, ​especially in a way that ​shows no ​respect: He was a bold and ​defiant little ​boy.
boldly
adverb uk   /ˈbəʊld.li/  us   /ˈboʊld-/
boldness
noun [U] uk   /ˈbəʊld.nəs/  us   /ˈboʊld-/
He is ​famous for the boldness of his ​businessmethods.
(Definition of bold from the Cambridge Advanced Learner’s Dictionary & Thesaurus © Cambridge University Press)

"bold" in American English

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boldadjective [-er/-est only]

 us   /boʊld/

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

brave, or without ​fear: He is a ​qualifiedpolitician with bold ​ideas. Bold can also ​mean not ​shy, and ​almostrude: She was ​friendly without being bold.

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

likely to ​attractyourattention; ​showy: The ​costumes were in ​beautiful, bold ​colors.
boldly
adverb  us   /ˈboʊld·li/
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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