brave

Courageous, dauntless, perhaps a little bit daring, a person who is brave faces dangerous or difficult situations with courage.

The adjective brave can be used to describe anyone or anything that displays courage, such as a brave firefighter, a brave guide dog, or even brave holiday shoppers. In addition to its adjective form, the word brave can also act as a verb. Use the verb brave when you want to say that someone is facing a dangerous or unpleasant situation courageously: “Only the hardiest skiers were able to brave the icy conditions and complete the course.” Both adjective and verb forms of the word share a common meaning — the sense of having courage or acting fearlessly.

Primary Meanings of brave

1.
adjnv
possessing or displaying courage; able to face and deal with danger or fear without flinching
people who are brave
face and withstand with courage
2.
adj
brightly colored and showy
3.
n
a North American Indian warrior
Full Definitions of brave
1

adj 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”
Synonyms:
courageous
adventuresome, adventurous
willing to undertake or seeking out new and daring enterprises
fearless, unafraid
oblivious of dangers or perils or calmly resolute in facing them
bold
fearless and daring
desperate, heroic
showing extreme courage; especially of actions courageously undertaken in desperation as a last resort
gallant
unflinching in battle or action
game, gamey, gamy, gritty, mettlesome, spirited, spunky
willing to face danger
lionhearted
extraordinarily courageous
stalwart, stouthearted
used especially of persons
undaunted
resolutely courageous
valiant, valorous
having or showing valor
resolute
firm in purpose or belief; characterized by firmness and determination
Antonyms:
cowardly, fearful
lacking courage; ignobly timid and faint-hearted
afraid
filled with fear or apprehension
timid
showing fear and lack of confidence
caitiff
despicably mean and cowardly
chicken, chickenhearted, lily-livered, white-livered, yellow, yellow-bellied
easily frightened
craven, recreant
lacking even the rudiments of courage; abjectly fearful
dastard, dastardly
despicably cowardly
faint, faint-hearted, fainthearted, timid
lacking conviction or boldness or courage
funky
in a state of cowardly fright
poltroon
characterized by complete cowardliness
poor-spirited, pusillanimous, unmanly
lacking in courage and manly strength and resolution; contemptibly fearful
ignoble
completely lacking nobility in character or quality or purpose
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adj invulnerable to fear or intimidation

Synonyms:
audacious, dauntless, fearless, hardy, intrepid, unfearing
bold
fearless and daring

n people who are brave

“the home of the free and the brave
Antonyms:
cautious, timid
people who are fearful and cautious
Type of:
people
(plural) any group of human beings (men or women or children) collectively

v face and withstand with courage

“She braved the elements”
Synonyms:
brave out, endure, weather
Type of:
defy, hold, hold up, withstand
resist or confront with resistance
2

adj brightly colored and showy

“girls decked out in brave new dresses”
brave banners flying”
Synonyms:
braw, gay
colorful, colourful
striking in variety and interest
3

n a North American Indian warrior

Type of:
warrior
someone engaged in or experienced in warfare

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