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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

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

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