Definition of brave in English:

brave

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adjective

1Ready to face and endure danger or pain; showing courage: she was very brave about the whole thing (as plural noun the brave) it was a time to remember the brave
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  • Cheshire junior girls put up a brave fight before losing by a point to Yorkshire at Low Laithes in an inter-county fixture.
  • For all their faults, Ireland put up a brave fight against the professional Australian side and are not without hope of redeeming themselves in Melbourne in a week.
  • George had put up a brave fight over the sixteen months of his illness, with frequent trips to hospital, but was always positive and hopeful.
Synonyms
1.1 literary Fine or splendid in appearance: his medals made a brave show
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  • A fine, brave world awaits the new parliament.
  • It was a sad way to end a week that has forced her name to the forefront of British women's tennis and allowed her to generate an enthusiasm for the sport with a colourful personality and a brave style of play.
  • As alien as the imported trees, they make the only spark of brave colour in the landscape, diverting the eye from the soft ruin of mulched leaves along the kerbs.

noun

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1An 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.
1.1A young man who shows courage or fighting spirit.

verb

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Endure or face (unpleasant conditions or behaviour) without showing fear: he pulled on his coat ready to brave the elements
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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, sustain, go through; face, confront, stand up to, meet head on, face up to, brazen out, defy
literary dare

Origin

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

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 the health care market
[title of a satirical novel by Aldous Huxley (1932), after Shakespeare's The Tempest ( v. i. 183)]
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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).

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