Hi!

As a non-native English speaker, I've come to face a problem with the word "bolded"

I know "bold" is an adjective so we can use that word like this: the bold words.

How about "bolded"? Isn't "bolded" a word? I can't find "bolded" in any English dictionaries but in many web-pages written in English.

Is "the bolded words" a wrong phrase?
This is a problem for many people. The word 'embolden', which is the usual word for 'make bold', applies to bravery, not type sets. Actually, there is already a good verb for this: 'boldface' ('Please boldface the next 3 lines'), but it is almost unknown outside printers' circles. With the amount of boldfacing that is going on these days on the internet, I would not be surprised if 'bold/bolded/bolded' as a verb soon enters the dictionaries.
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Why not simply say "words in bold"?
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You might, but that is not the thrust of this discussion.
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No, it's fine. Regardless of whether it's found in dictionaries, it has been in usage for centuries

http://en.wiktionary.org/wiki/Citations:bolded#English
I'm afraid you've made a rather quick -- and fallacious -- judgement here.

Close reading of the Wikipedia article you reference reveals no support for "centuries of use" of the word "bolded."
  • The oldest reference (an 1899 essay quoting a letter from 1540) contains the other meaning of bolded (made brave).
  • The next reference (a textbook from 1981 -- hardly "centuries" old) contains boldface treatment of key terms. The Wikipedia author describes those key terms as "bolded," but does not provide evidence that the textbook contains the word "bolded."
In fact, the earliest actual usage of the word "bolded" cited in this Wikipedia entry occurs in 2001 -- and it is used not in the primary copy of the text but in revision notes.
Adjectives do not have a tense. In other words the word bold describes something and therefore cannot, or rather, should not have a present, past or future tense like verbs do. Some people do this same thing with the word text. There is a reason why saying," I texted him," doesn't sound right. That's because it isn't right. It should read, " I sent him a text." Text in this case is a noun. Nouns also do not have tenses.

Hope this helps. I know it is confusing, especially as so many people do use these words as verbs. Our language is becoming shorthand in the tech world. This only further complicates a language where words can have multiple meanings even in the same sentence.
AnonymousThere is a reason why saying," I texted him," doesn't sound right.
It's fine. TEXT is widely used as a verb in BrE. It is listed in several dictionaries at www.onelook.com, including the Oxford, American Heritage and Merriam-Webster's.

This is a very recent development, as this Ngram shows.
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embolden perfect! Thanks!
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