brave

adjective
\ ˈbrāv How to pronounce brave (audio) \
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 [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 For more than 80 years, dogs have stood beside the brave men and women of our armed forces—saving lives and providing companionship in harrowing situations. Meghan Overdeep, Southern Living, 30 June 2021 The brave men highlighted in the book are the men Charles and Jane Waterhouse have obsessed over for decades in what has turned out to be a family mission to remember their stories and honor their service. Eleanor Watson, CBS News, 31 May 2021 In the American Revolution, the blood of brave men bought us liberty. Editorial Board, Star Tribune, 30 May 2021 Memorial Day 2021 is a time of year to honor the brave men and women who have died while in service. Jon Winkler, USA TODAY, 18 May 2021 So here’s mine: These celebrities and politicians couldn’t walk a mile in the shoes of these officers or do what these brave men and women do every day. Tyler Merritt, National Review, 21 Apr. 2021 Today we are once again reminded of the selfless sacrifices the brave men and women in uniform make. Caitlin Mcfall, Fox News, 11 Apr. 2021 Today we are once again reminded of the selfless sacrifices the brave men and women in uniform make. Hollie Silverman, CNN, 11 Apr. 2021 The violence against the brave men and women of law enforcement continues. Paul Bedard, Washington Examiner, 1 Mar. 2021 Recent Examples on the Web: Verb However, many wineries are going to have to brave it this year without insurance, according to a report by The San Francisco Chronicle. Jeremy Repanich, Robb Report, 13 July 2021 For those eager to break out of their pandemic shells and maybe brave the return of packed crowds (and yes, traffic), Los Angeles has Father’s Day weekend events that go beyond ballgames and beer. Aida Ylanan, Los Angeles Times, 17 June 2021 Consumers are unwilling to brave limited refueling infrastructure. Ariel Cohen, Forbes, 17 June 2021 In a small fishing town in Morocco’s south, wedged between the Atlantic Ocean and the Sahara, a group of idealistic young surfers are teaching local children to brave the crashing waves. Imane Djamil, The Christian Science Monitor, 12 May 2021 Relatives who otherwise avoid the snarl of the 405 and 105 freeways at rush hour suddenly brave a trip to LAX to pick up their chicken-carrying kin. Melody Petersen Staff Writer, Los Angeles Times, 16 Apr. 2021 The LaCrosse Men’s Big Chief hip boots are a phenomenal option for hunters and anglers who brave the cold regularly. Outdoor Life, 15 Mar. 2021 Stretched across boards and swatches of windsurfer sails, the staffs suggest rafts, whether of the actual sort Davis saw while traveling in Micronesia or symbolic ones on which to brave rising sea levels. Washington Post, 28 May 2021 Several businesses on this main road have shuttered in recent years, but Poplar still boasts two grocery stores, one restaurant and its namesake river, where ice fishers brave below-zero wind chills in the winter. Neal Morton, USA TODAY, 13 Apr. 2021 Recent Examples on the Web: Noun 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 There’s a kind of brave and, perhaps cocky, transparency in choosing a dress that is available off the rack. Robin Givhan, Washington Post, 21 Sep. 2019 Beside him was one Henry Coxwell, who piloted the balloon; of the brave and experienced Mr. Coxwell, however, not a trace remains onscreen. Anthony Lane, The New Yorker, 29 Nov. 2019

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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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25 Jul 2021

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“Brave.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/brave. Accessed 3 Aug. 2021.

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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)

old-fashioned : a Native American warrior

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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