Other forms: bravest; braves; braver; braved; braving

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.

Definitions of brave
  1. adjective
    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
    fearless and daring
    desperate, heroic
    showing extreme courage; especially of actions courageously undertaken in desperation as a last resort
    unflinching in battle or action
    game, gamey, gamy, gritty, mettlesome, spirited, spunky
    willing to face danger
    extraordinarily courageous
    doughty, stalwart, stouthearted
    possessing or displaying courage
    resolutely courageous
    valiant, valorous
    having or showing valor
    firm in purpose or belief; characterized by firmness and determination
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    cowardly, fearful
    lacking courage; ignobly timid and faint-hearted
    filled with fear or apprehension
    showing fear and lack of confidence
    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
    in a state of cowardly fright
    characterized by complete cowardliness
    poor-spirited, pusillanimous, unmanly
    lacking in courage and manly strength and resolution; contemptibly fearful
    completely lacking nobility in character or quality or purpose
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  2. adjective
    invulnerable to fear or intimidation
    synonyms: audacious, dauntless, fearless, hardy, intrepid, unfearing
    fearless and daring
  3. noun
    people who are brave
    “the home of the free and the brave
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    cautious, timid
    people who are fearful and cautious
    type of:
    (plural) any group of human beings (men or women or children) collectively
  4. verb
    face and withstand with courage
    “She braved the elements”
    synonyms: brave out, endure, weather
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    type of:
    defy, hold, hold up, withstand
    resist or confront with resistance
  5. adjective
    brightly colored and showy
    “girls decked out in brave new dresses”
    brave banners flying”
    synonyms: braw, gay
    colorful, colourful
    striking in variety and interest
  6. noun
    a North American Indian warrior
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    someone engaged in or experienced in warfare




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