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1brave

adjective \ˈbrāv\

: feeling or showing no fear : not afraid

brav·erbrav·est

Full Definition of BRAVE

1
:  having or showing courage <a brave soldier> <a brave smile>
2
:  making a fine show :  colorful <brave banners flying in the wind>
3
:  excellent, splendid <the brave fire I soon had going — J. F. Dobie>
brave·ly adverb
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Examples of BRAVE

  1. She gave us a brave smile.
  2. He lost his brave fight against the disease.

Origin of BRAVE

Middle French, from Old Italian & Old Spanish bravo courageous, wild, probably from Latin barbarus barbarous
First Known Use: 15th century

Related to BRAVE

Synonyms
bold, courageous, dauntless, doughty, fearless, gallant, greathearted, gutsy, gutty, heroic (also heroical), intrepid, lionhearted, manful, stalwart, stout, stouthearted, undauntable, undaunted, valiant, valorous
Antonyms
chicken, chickenhearted, chicken-livered, coward, cowardly, craven, dastardly, fainthearted, fearful, gutless, lily-livered, milk-livered [archaic], nerveless, poltroon, poor-spirited, pusillanimous, spineless, spiritless, timorous, uncourageous, ungallant, unheroic, weakhearted, yellow

2brave

verb

: to face or deal with (something dangerous or unpleasant)

bravedbrav·ing

Full Definition of BRAVE

transitive verb
1
:  to face or endure with courage
2
obsolete :  to make showy
intransitive verb
archaic :  to show courage :  to make a brave show
brav·er noun

Examples of BRAVE

  1. Thousands of fans braved rush-hour traffic to see the concert.
  2. <a soldier who braved enemy fire to rescue her wounded comrade>

First Known Use of BRAVE

1546

3brave

noun

: a Native American warrior

Full Definition of BRAVE

1
archaic :  bravado
2
:  one who is brave; specifically :  an American Indian warrior
3
archaic :  bully, assassin

First Known Use of BRAVE

1590
BRAVER Defined for Kids

1brave

adjective \ˈbrāv\
brav·erbrav·est

Definition of BRAVE for Kids

:  feeling or showing no fear
brave·ly adverb

Synonym Discussion of BRAVE

brave, courageous, and bold mean showing no fear. brave is used of a person who has or shows no fear when faced with danger or difficulty. <The brave crew tried to save the ship.> courageous is used of a person who is always prepared to meet danger or difficulty. <The early astronauts were courageous in facing the dangers of space travel.> bold is used of a person who welcomes dangerous situations. <The bold explorers went in search of adventure.>

2brave

verb
bravedbrav·ing

Definition of BRAVE for Kids

:  to face or handle without fear

3brave

noun

Definition of BRAVE for Kids

:  an American Indian warrior

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