brave

adjective
\ ˈbrāv How to pronounce brave (audio) \
braver; bravest

Essential Meaning of brave

: feeling or showing no fear : not afraid He was a brave [=courageous, fearless] soldier. She gave us a brave smile. See More ExamplesHe lost his brave fight against the disease. She tried to put on/up a brave face/front [=she tried to appear brave or calm] despite the pain of the injury.Hide

Full 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 [in part borrowed from French, noun derivative of brave brave entry 1] : 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
2 archaic : bravado
3 archaic : bully, assassin

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Other Words from brave

Adjective

bravely adverb

Verb

braver noun

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 We're often inspired by the outcomes of remarkably brave and generous innovation. Bryn Mccoy, Forbes, 8 Sep. 2021 Blake lost his brave battle shortly after his second birthday. Sandee Lamotte, CNN, 7 Sep. 2021 Stepping into James’ shoes was incredibly brave, and raw, and touching to witness. Alan Sepinwall, Rolling Stone, 6 Sep. 2021 The knives are full size pocket knives and smaller keychain knives, above, in various themes of hope, dream, love, laugh, happy, resilient, wish, peace, brave, believe, faith and unite. The Salt Lake Tribune, 6 Sep. 2021 Pink Floyd were brave enough and clever to run their own destiny creatively with the record company. Chris Willman, Variety, 6 Sep. 2021 Although there's plenty of young people who are brave enough to tell the truth, this particular group is just struggling with the lines of loyalty and the ultimate fear of being rejected by their hometown. Alamin Yohannes, EW.com, 3 Sep. 2021 Newton, with few exceptions, has long been a brave, tough and mentally strong player who pushed the physical boundaries of what running quarterbacks could do. Mike Freeman, USA TODAY, 1 Sep. 2021 Thank you to our brave first responders, local government agencies, and nonprofit entities who continue to go above and beyond to assist our communities during these trying times. Dominic Fracassa, San Francisco Chronicle, 31 Aug. 2021 Recent Examples on the Web: Verb As Hurricane Ida rapidly intensified into a Category 4 storm threatening the Gulf Coast Sunday morning, residents of the area faced a difficult decision — to stay and ride out the storm, or to brave the clogged highways and try to evacuate. NBC News, 30 Aug. 2021 Siblings Daphne and Wilson Shaw brave the long shadow of childhood trauma together in a fight with a demon stalker hellbent on their destruction. Jd Linville, Variety, 19 Aug. 2021 The politicians brave enough to fight it might just find that the public cares more about environmental and public health— and maybe even animal rights—than their right to meat. Jan Dutkiewicz, The New Republic, 28 July 2021 Pandemic or no pandemic, when snowbirds take flight, South Florida restaurants always brave a summertime slump in customers. Phillip Valys, sun-sentinel.com, 26 July 2021 Sam Bridges must brave a world utterly transformed by the Death Stranding. Erik Kain, Forbes, 24 June 2021 Other chic celebrities included British Vogue editor in chief Edward Enninful, who struck a pose at the All England Club with musician FKA Twigs, and Bear Grylls, who took a break from surviving in the wilderness to brave a seat in the royal box. Michael Solomon, Forbes, 5 July 2021 Hundreds of other Freedom Riders would go on to brave the South — white and Black riders, men and women. Ayano Nagaishi, USA Today, 5 May 2021 Attendees of the rally didn’t have to brave the heat for long — after Nelson’s short set concluded at about 1 p.m., the crowd dissipated quickly. Dallas News, 31 July 2021 Recent Examples on the Web: Noun Some say that as a long-term bet, China is only for the brave. Gregor Stuart Hunter, Fortune, 9 Sep. 2021 The future is for the brave who move quickly and consider the open banking environment. Sandeepan Mukherjee, Forbes, 1 Sep. 2021 Prada and Simone Rocha showed split-sole options, while Matthew Williams’s hoof-like platform at Givenchy is truly for the brave. Steff Yotka, Vogue, 19 Mar. 2021 Only the brave at heart will want to cross this new bridge near Porto. Andrea Romano, Travel + Leisure, 7 Oct. 2020 Many respectable Americans sadly are allowing fear of ridicule and bullying to silence their voices in this land of the free and home of the brave. Mike Masterson, Arkansas Online, 27 Sep. 2020 But the movement started with Burke and a 12-year-old brave enough to speak up. USA Today, 13 Aug. 2020 Those who warned against the coming of fascism will congratulate themselves for saving the home of the free and redeeming the land of the brave, which somehow lurched towards the brink. Samuel Moyn, The New York Review of Books, 19 May 2020 Every year, a crowd of brave, bedecked daredevils lines up along the ocean shore in Virginia Beach, and charges headfirst into the frigid winter waters. Aj Willingham, CNN, 15 Feb. 2020

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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 2

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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11 Sep 2021

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“Brave.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/brave. Accessed 20 Sep. 2021.

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More Definitions for brave

brave

adjective
\ ˈbrāv How to pronounce brave (audio) \
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

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.

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