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

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
Recent Examples on the Web: Adjective Scoring quick points by picking on trans kids isn't something that is brave at all. Angela Andaloro, Peoplemag, 30 Aug. 2022 Archie asks, and that leads to a conversation about the importance of being brave. Emily Burack, Town & Country, 29 Aug. 2022 Scoring quick points by picking on trans kids isn’t something that is brave at all. Ashley Iasimone, Billboard, 27 Aug. 2022 World leaders paid tribute to a man some described as a great and brave leader. Kirsten Grieshaber And Patrick Quinn, The Christian Science Monitor, 31 Aug. 2022 World leaders paid tribute to a man some described as a great and brave leader. Kirsten Grieshaber And Patrick Quinn, Chicago Tribune, 31 Aug. 2022 But, from another perspective, Turgenev was principled and brave. Keith Gessen, The New Yorker, 29 Aug. 2022 Resistance—impressively creative and brave—has had to find a way to go undetected, and in defiance of everything, survives. Jerrine Tan, Wired, 4 Aug. 2022 Committed and brave, rangers like Anton are central to the conservation of Africa’s fantastic wildlife. Stephanie Petit, PEOPLE.com, 27 July 2022 Recent Examples on the Web: Verb Watching a young woman brave the elements alone was riveting – and led to the future concept of Exile Island. Steve Helling, Peoplemag, 21 Sep. 2022 The company opened a campground near Highway 89, where workers could park their vans and brave the snowy months with no heat, water or electricity. Rachel Swan, San Francisco Chronicle, 5 Aug. 2022 Flight attendants have been there to brave it all, serving the increasingly frustrated traveler and, famously, taking undue abuse. Orlando Mayorquin, USA TODAY, 1 July 2022 That’s exactly why Larsen is launching an eight-day winter expedition course in January for those adventure-seekers willing to brave the cold. Kristen Kuchar, Outside Online, 21 Dec. 2017 The story is told through the lens of Moore's victims, giving a well-overdue platform to them and the people brave enough to try to stop him. Alicia Vrajlal, refinery29.com, 4 Aug. 2022 New York Fashion Week-goers might be the only street style group willing to brave the cold for a really good look. Madeline Fass, Vogue, 17 Feb. 2022 From footwear to yummy snacks, here are some recommendations from professional and experienced athletes that will help you brave the elements. Rachael Schultz, Outside Online, 4 Dec. 2018 As Arizonans brave the summer travel rush, these strategies can help ease the stress. Michael Salerno, The Arizona Republic, 26 June 2022 Recent Examples on the Web: Noun The brave can check out the more sinister Curse of the Bayou walking attraction. Annie Alleman, Chicago Tribune, 12 Sep. 2022 Indeed, in the 19th century, Haiti was the land of the free and home of the brave to which other freedom fighters in the hemisphere, like Simón Bolívar, looked for inspiration. Marlene L. Daut, Essence, 24 Feb. 2022 In time, history will record which has done the most far-reaching harm to the United States, land of the free, home of the brave. San Diego Union-Tribune, 24 Dec. 2021 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 See More

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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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Last Updated

23 Sep 2022

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“Brave.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/brave. Accessed 4 Oct. 2022.

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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

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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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