Meaning of “bold” in the English Dictionary

"bold" in British English

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uk /bəʊld/ us /boʊld/

bold adjective (BRAVE)

B2 not frightened of danger:

She was a bold and fearless climber.
The newspaper made the bold move/took the bold step of publishing the names of the men involved.

More examples

  • Politicians tried to dress up the bill as a bold new strategy for combatting poverty.
  • I thought I'd be bold and make a fashion statement.
  • Ending negotiations was seen as a bold stroke by many commentators.
  • Of the three organizations criticized, only one was bold enough to face the press.
  • The plan to escape was bold and simple.
adverb uk /ˈbəʊ us /ˈboʊ
noun [ U ] uk /ˈbəʊld.nəs/ us /ˈboʊld.nəs/

He is famous for the boldness of his business methods.

(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 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)

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)