brave

adjective
\ˈbrāv \
braver; bravest

Definition of brave 

(Entry 1 of 3)

1 : having or showing mental or moral strength to face danger, fear, or difficulty : 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

verb
braved; braving

Definition of brave (Entry 2 of 3)

transitive verb

1 : to face or endure with courage braved the rush-hour traffic to get there braving the elements

2 obsolete : to make showy

intransitive verb

archaic : to show courage : to make a brave show

brave

noun

Definition of brave (Entry 3 of 3)

1 archaic : bravado

2 [ in part borrowed from French, noun derivative of brave 1brave ] : one with mental or moral strength to face danger, fear, or difficulty : one who is brave (see brave entry 1) none but the brave deserves the fair— John Dryden specifically : an American Indian warrior

3 archaic : bully, assassin

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Other Words from brave

Adjective

bravely adverb

Verb

braver noun

Choose the Right Synonym for brave

Adjective

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.

Examples of brave in a Sentence

Adjective

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

Verb

Thousands of fans braved rush-hour traffic to see the concert. a soldier who braved enemy fire to rescue her wounded comrade
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Recent Examples on the Web: Adjective

Change doesn’t only happen when brave women like Anita Hill and Professor Blasey Ford lay themselves bare on C-SPAN for the sake of other women. Stephanie Dolgoff, Good Housekeeping, "Why We Have to Talk About What Happened in High School," 27 Sep. 2018 The best way to honor the incredibly brave women who spoke out about Larry Nassar is to demonstrate every day our commitment to doing everything possible to prevent this from happening again. David Barron, Houston Chronicle, "Larry Nassar, ex-trainer charged with sexual assault in Karolyi Ranch investigation," 29 June 2018 All of these organizations received early warnings from brave women that there was poison in the air, and none of them listened. Karla Peterson, sandiegouniontribune.com, "The dangers of ignoring the canary in the #MeToo coal mine," 18 June 2018 This was about taking stories that hadn’t been heard for so long and putting a spotlight on them and making sure these brave women felt heard and seen. Recode Staff, Recode, "Full transcript: Journalist Ronan Farrow on Recode Decode," 4 May 2018 But that does not explain the widespread hostility toward the brave women who have come forward to recount their abuse to the public. Ahmed Charai, WSJ, "Morocco’s Unfortunate #MeToo Moment," 9 Mar. 2018 President Trump tweeting a short while ago, the U.S. is working very closely with the governor of Thailand to help get all the children out of the cave and to safety, very brave and talented people. Fox News, "Media's Supreme Court scrutiny," 9 July 2018 Very brave and talented people!’’ To ensure a clear path for getting evacuees to the hospital and to safeguard their privacy, authorities ordered the media to move away from the cave before the boys came out. Tassanee Vejpongsa And Kaweewit Kaewjinda, BostonGlobe.com, "The hidden, high-tech world of communications at Fenway Park," 8 July 2018 For those brave enough, Hereditary opens in theaters this Friday, June 8. Lauren Sanchez, Vogue, "A Séance Gone Bad: Hereditary’s New York City Premiere Was All Screams and Shouts," 6 June 2018

Recent Examples on the Web: Verb

Rivera, of Hartford, was one of a dozen women who braved the rain Wednesday night for a clinic as part of the Connecticut Latinas golf team. Lori Riley, courant.com, "Local Latina Women Network, Learn Golf At Goodwin Park," 20 May 2018 Preakness viewers who did not brave the rain and mud at Pimlico Race Course will get to watch the race from a new angle this year, thanks to an overhead camera NBC debuted at the Kentucky Derby. Childs Walker, baltimoresun.com, "New NBC camera offers overhead view of Preakness backstretch," 19 May 2018 But those coaching skills were set aside for one day as Wolgamot joined the crowd of about 30,000 runners who braved the wet, windy and frigid climate for the 122nd Boston Marathon. Dave Melton, Post-Tribune, "Chesterton coach Maggie Wolgamot on Boston Marathon: 'It's the Super Bowl' for long-distance runners," 21 Apr. 2018 The Woodlands Waterway Arts Festival had a drizzly start Saturday morning, but that didn't prevent attendees who braved the wet and cold weather from viewing the variety of artworks on display. Patricia Dillon, Houston Chronicle, "Waterway Arts Festival features works to suit all tastes," 7 Apr. 2018 Guests who braved thunderstorm threats were rewarded with a one-night-only show, Hair to Hamilton, which featured a medley of performances from productions like Hamilton, HAIR, A Chorus Line, and Runaways. Leena Kim, Town & Country, "The Public Theater's Annual Gala in Central Park," 7 June 2017 This state, the State of Montana was forged by incredible pioneer men and women who braved the cold and came in the wilderness to build a beautiful life right out here in the open. Fox News, "Ben Shapiro blasts 'idiotic' Statue of Liberty protest," 6 July 2018 Whether runners decide to brave the heat or take their sport inside to a treadmill, lightweight fabrics and accessories are the best-case outfit scenario. Katie Devlin, Vogue, "The Best Clothes to Work Out (and Sweat) in All Summer," 5 July 2018 The Brewers did have a couple of football-minded players on the field as Chacín and Pérez braved the elements and played without long sleeves, although Pérez did use a kangaroo pouch to keep his right hand warm. Todd Rosiak, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, "Mets 3, Brewers 2: Wilmer Flores' walk-off homer wins it," 15 Apr. 2018

Recent Examples on the Web: Noun

Her brave and good men regard her admission into the Union as a matter of life and death. Chris Stirewalt, Fox News, "Like Bush and Obama, Trump gets stuck on immigration," 21 June 2018 Not just this team, all our English teams are playing like that—brave on the ball. Jonathan Clegg, WSJ, "How England Rewired Its Soccer DNA," 10 July 2018 One thing's for certain — the firefighters called little Khloe brave for not shedding a single tear, and considering the circumstances, that's no small feat. Caroline Picard, Good Housekeeping, "An "Angel" Saved This Toddler From a Terrifying Car Crash," 27 July 2016 My older self might yet agree with her, but my current self decided to be a different kind of brave. Neda Semnani, chicagotribune.com, "You have more in common with your partner's exes than you might think," 16 May 2018 Maggie Haberman, a New York Times reporter covering the White House, called Sanders brave for sitting through the jokes, which Haberman found to be too ad hominem. Rebecca Farley, refinery29.com, "Is This The Most Controversial WHCD Of All Time?," 30 Apr. 2018 Kanye West -- talk brave, a hip-hop star supporting Trump. Fox News, "Gutfeld: The White House had one of its best weeks ever," 29 Apr. 2018 John also confessed two additional facts: His brave facilitating skills were alcohol assisted. Ryan Smith, Chicago Reader, "Apropos of Nothing / Narcissism / Seriously? / News 'Spinning Singles' search for love atop a Ferris wheel—in 12 minutes or less," 9 Mar. 2018 These muses may seem fluent in the not-so-simple art of being themselves, but its their brave, head-high presentations that will pave the way for others to do the same. Calin Van Paris, Vogue, "7 Bold Beauty Lessons to Take From New York Fashion Week," 15 Feb. 2018

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First Known Use of brave

Adjective

circa 1616, in the meaning defined at sense 1

Verb

1546, in the meaning defined at transitive sense 1

Noun

1590, in the meaning defined at sense 1

History and Etymology for brave

Adjective

borrowed from Middle French, borrowed from Italian bravo "courageous, wild," perhaps ultimately going back to Latin barbarus barbarous

Verb

borrowed from Middle French braver "to challenge, flout," verbal derivative of brave brave entry 1

Noun

noun derivative of brave entry 1

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More Definitions for brave

brave

adjective

English Language Learners Definition of brave

 (Entry 1 of 3)

: feeling or showing no fear : not afraid

brave

verb

English Language Learners Definition of brave (Entry 2 of 3)

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

brave

noun

English Language Learners Definition of brave (Entry 3 of 3)

: a Native American warrior

brave

adjective
\ˈbrāv \
braver; bravest

Kids Definition of brave

 (Entry 1 of 3)

: feeling or showing no fear

Other Words from brave

bravely adverb

brave

verb
braved; braving

Kids Definition of brave (Entry 2 of 3)

: to face or handle without fear

brave

noun

Kids Definition of brave (Entry 3 of 3)

: an American Indian warrior

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