Definition of brave in English:

brave

Syllabification: brave
Pronunciation: /brāv
 
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adjective

noun

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  • 1 (as plural noun the brave) People who are ready to face and endure danger or pain.
  • 2 dated An American Indian warrior.
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    • Thwarting a U.S. raid at the Battle of the Little Bighorn in 1876, Sioux and Cheyenne braves took no prisoners, killing Custer and 265 of his men.
    • When the Cavalry invested Indian encampments, they periodically encountered warrior braves beside women and children.
    • The two brave warriors are about to be absorbed.
    Synonyms
    warrior, soldier, fighter
  • 2.1A young man who shows courage or a fighting spirit.

verb

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  • Endure or face (unpleasant conditions or behavior) without showing fear: we had to brave the full heat of the sun
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    • The last few weeks have been relatively quiet in the West, with few anglers braving the cold conditions.
    • Since she was a child, Elliott has loved the outdoors, so she's used to braving unsavoury weather conditions.
    • But like his hardened ancestors from Achill island he braved the weather and endured.
    Synonyms
    endure, put up with, bear, withstand, weather, suffer, go through; face, confront, defy

Phrases

brave new world

Used to refer, often ironically, to a new and hopeful period in history resulting from major changes in society: the brave new world of computing
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  • But before we as a society plunge headlong into a brave new world of hi-tech crime detection there are some real concerns to be addressed.
  • We are entering this brave new world with our eyes closed to the impact on individuals, on communities and on our social institutions.
  • He gives no examples of course, so we don't get to see this brave new world of Teddy Bear Fiscal Policy and Warm Cuddles Economics.

put a brave face on something

see face.

Derivatives

bravely

adverb
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  • I took a deep breath, plucked up my courage and bravely ran in the other direction.
  • After months of being cautious and playing hard to get, I'm going to bravely risk rejection this time.
  • We bravely offer to walk with her, but our courage crumbles and we give her a stash of cab money instead.

braveness

noun
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  • For them, it symbolizes machismo - braveness, courage and the feel of ‘being a man'.
  • A richly layered anti-realist film, it showed a real courage and braveness to explore and experiment formally.
  • I told him he was the bravest man I'd ever known, leaving out how his braveness usually crossed the line into pigheaded stupidity (one should cut someone a little slack when he's on his deathbed).

Origin

late 15th century: from French, from Italian bravo 'bold' or Spanish bravo 'courageous, untamed, savage', based on Latin barbarus (see barbarous).

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