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Dictionary Definition

brave adj
1 possessing or displaying courage; able to face and deal with danger or fear without flinching; "Familiarity with danger makes a brave man braver but less daring"- Herman Melville; "a frank courageous heart...triumphed over pain"- William Wordsworth; "set a courageous example by leading them safely into and out of enemy-held territory" [syn: courageous, fearless] [ant: cowardly]
2 invulnerable to fear or intimidation; "audacious explorers"; "fearless reporters and photographers"; "intrepid pioneers" [syn: audacious, dauntless, fearless, intrepid, unfearing]
3 brightly colored and showy; "girls decked out in brave new dresses"; "brave banners flying"; "`braw' is a Scottish word"; "a dress a bit too gay for her years"; "birds with gay plumage" [syn: braw, gay]

Noun

1 a North American Indian warrior
2 people who are brave; "the home of the free and the brave" [ant: timid] v : face or endure with courage; "She braved the elements" [syn: weather, endure, brave out]

User Contributed Dictionary

English

Etymology

From French brave, borrowed from Italian bravo, of uncertain origin.

Pronunciation

Adjective

  1. Strong in the face of fear; courageous.
    • 1987, "...he has been so brave, giving it all a dignity." – The Last Diary, Michael Grumley

Antonyms

Translations

strong in the face of fear

Verb

  1. To overcome one's initial fear(s).
    After braving tricks on the high-dive, he braved a jump off the first diving platform.

Translations

Derived terms

French

Pronunciation

Adjective

brave

Noun

brave

Italian

Adjective

brave p
  1. feminine plural of bravo

Extensive Definition

Brave may refer to:

See Also

brave in Czech: Brave
brave in Italian: Brave
brave in Finnish: Brave

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