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brave

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adjective \ˈbrāv\

Definition of brave

braver

bravest

  1. 1 :  having or showing courage <a brave soldier> <a brave smile>

  2. 2 :  making a fine show :  colorful <brave banners flying in the wind>

  3. 3 :  excellent, splendid <the brave fire I soon had going — J. F. Dobie>

bravely

adverb

Examples of brave in a sentence

  1. She gave us a brave smile.

  2. He lost his brave fight against the disease.

Origin and Etymology of brave

Middle French, from Old Italian & Old Spanish bravo courageous, wild, probably from Latin barbarus barbarous


First Known Use: 15th century


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brave

verb

Definition of brave

braved

braving

  1. transitive verb
  2. 1 :  to face or endure with courage

  3. 2 obsolete :  to make showy

  4. intransitive verb
  5. archaic :  to show courage :  to make a brave show

braver

noun

Examples of brave in a sentence

  1. Thousands of fans braved rush-hour traffic to see the concert.

  2. <a soldier who braved enemy fire to rescue her wounded comrade>

1546

First Known Use of brave

1546


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brave

noun

Definition of brave

  1. 1 archaic :  bravado

  2. 2 :  one who is brave; specifically :  an American Indian warrior

  3. 3 archaic :  bully, assassin

1590

First Known Use of brave

1590



BRAVE Defined for English Language Learners

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brave

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adjective \ˈbrāv\

Definition of brave for English Language Learners

  • : feeling or showing no fear : not afraid


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brave

verb

Definition of brave for English Language Learners

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


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brave

noun

Definition of brave for English Language Learners

  • : a Native American warrior


BRAVE Defined for Kids

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brave

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adjective \ˈbrāv\

Definition of brave for Students

braver

bravest

  1. :  feeling or showing no fear

bravely

adverb

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brave

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verb

Definition of brave for Students

braved

braving

  1. :  to face or handle without fear


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brave

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noun

Definition of brave for Students

  1. :  an American Indian warrior



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