Definition of brave in English:



  • 1Ready to face and endure danger or pain; showing courage.

    ‘she was very brave about the whole thing’
    ‘a brave soldier’
    ‘he put up a brave fight before losing’
    ‘it was a time to remember the brave’
    • ‘Loyal and brave soldiers fought well to the point that it brought tears to my eyes.’
    • ‘It seemed quite brave of him, considering he wasn't a day older than twelve.’
    • ‘Despite the defeat the players put up a brave fight but simply had not enough firepower to overcome a rampant Cork outfit.’
    • ‘What was particularly nice was that quite a few of the widows came along which I thought was amazingly brave of them.’
    • ‘It was very brave of them to risk one of the hardest productions in theatre.’
    • ‘The roundheads put up a brave fight but they were finally defeated when the Royalist captain sat on the roundhead leader's stomach.’
    • ‘Hector said it was a jolly good idea and very brave of her and he would be lurking in the corridor in case there was any trouble.’
    • ‘Delta has had hit after hit and endured a brave fight with cancer despite the pressures of the big, bad, nasty media who are only out for headlines and want to cut down tall poppies like Delta.’
    • ‘It's very brave of them to say it anyway - a new tack indeed.’
    • ‘It means a courageous rescuer or brave soldier.’
    • ‘The newly formed team put up a brave fight but were defeated by a stronger Louisburgh team.’
    • ‘Many people suffer from the disease, and it was very brave of him to come forward like this, especially because of, like he said, the terrible stigma attached to it.’
    • ‘‘This was the first time Tina met us all since he died and it was very brave of her to come,’ she said.’
    • ‘It was very brave of her to come to York as she is not a well lady.’
    • ‘Our soldiers are now fighting side-by-side with your brave soldiers, now and every day.’
    • ‘For all their faults, Ireland put up a brave fight against the professional Australian side and are not without hope of redeeming themselves in Melbourne in a week.’
    • ‘George had put up a brave fight over the sixteen months of his illness, with frequent trips to hospital, but was always positive and hopeful.’
    • ‘Cheshire junior girls put up a brave fight before losing by a point to Yorkshire at Low Laithes in an inter-county fixture.’
    • ‘I always thought it was brave of him to return to Union Square after being shot.’
    • ‘Allow me to introduce you to some of the poor, brave soldiers fighting this awful and brutal war.’
    courageous, plucky, fearless, valiant, valorous, intrepid, heroic, lionhearted, manful, macho, bold, daring, daredevil, adventurous, audacious, death-or-glory
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    1. 1.1literary Fine or splendid in appearance.
      ‘his medals made a brave show’
      • ‘As alien as the imported trees, they make the only spark of brave colour in the landscape, diverting the eye from the soft ruin of mulched leaves along the kerbs.’
      • ‘It was a sad way to end a week that has forced her name to the forefront of British women's tennis and allowed her to generate an enthusiasm for the sport with a colourful personality and a brave style of play.’
      • ‘We have two Crocus that have bloomed and the Primulas are putting on a brave show of colour.’
      • ‘A fine, brave world awaits the new parliament.’


  • 1An American Indian warrior.

    • ‘When the Cavalry invested Indian encampments, they periodically encountered warrior braves beside women and children.’
    • ‘When Tecumtha's Religion of the Dancing Lakes came to young Creek braves, they were ready to believe in it.’
    • ‘Thwarting a U.S. raid at the Battle of the Little Bighorn in 1876, Sioux and Cheyenne braves took no prisoners, killing Custer and 265 of his men.’
    • ‘The two brave warriors are about to be absorbed.’
    1. 1.1 A young man who shows courage or fighting spirit.


  • Endure or face (unpleasant conditions or behaviour) without showing fear.

    ‘these six men braved the rough seas’
    • ‘Full marks to the players who braved the snow, sleet and freezing conditions to serve up a fast spirited game.’
    • ‘In even worse conditions on Sunday the fleet braved the elements to race round the same course.’
    • ‘We felt rather daring, braving the possibility of confronting the dreaded predators in order to be toppled by a few lazy waves.’
    • ‘The last few weeks have been relatively quiet in the West, with few anglers braving the cold conditions.’
    • ‘Then wrapped up warm against a surprisingly cold day, I braved the tube full of its grumpy Christmas shoppers.’
    • ‘Also thanks to the people who braved the weather to make the collection.’
    • ‘Around 250 swimmers braved the cold and elements to participate in the major event.’
    • ‘Climatic conditions were unkind on the second evening, but that did not deter a sizeable crowd from braving the elements.’
    • ‘We braved freezing weather and came out looking for a great game.’
    • ‘Men and women braved the arctic weather conditions and set off on the long trail.’
    • ‘But like his hardened ancestors from Achill island he braved the weather and endured.’
    • ‘The challenge involved scaling 15 peaks in 48 hours, and two nights camping out, braving the late September weather.’
    • ‘Since she was a child, Elliott has loved the outdoors, so she's used to braving unsavoury weather conditions.’
    • ‘Surely they are worth braving the elements for.’
    • ‘Thus begins an adventure in which Measle finds friends, braves dangers, wreaks vengeance and discovers a happy ending.’
    • ‘Smaller offbeat films are, however, braving uncertain weather and surprisingly recovering their money as well.’
    • ‘He even spent a couple of weeks at a military boot camp to prepare, braving extremes of weather from blistering heat to thunderstorms and a tornado.’
    • ‘Street traders of all ages stood guarding their wares braving the cold weather of winter until close to midnight.’
    • ‘As the rain worsened, onlookers started to wonder why so many were braving the elements for a mere concert.’
    • ‘For the rare treat, fans had travelled from far, slept outside and braved the winter weather.’
    endure, put up with, bear, withstand, weather, suffer, sustain, go through
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  • brave the elements

    • Go outside in spite of poor weather conditions.

      ‘many people braved the elements to enjoy the attractions’
      • ‘Many traditional climbers braved the elements in the early morning to make the ascent to the top.’
      • ‘The small crowd which had braved the elements watched with a mixture of emotions.’
      • ‘In the bar, a magnificent fire was leaping in the hearth, and the temptation was to stay in the warmth and eat there, chatting to the few locals who had braved the elements.’
      • ‘Those who did brave the elements had to wade through a sea of mud.’
      • ‘For something completely different, brave the elements in an Icelandic outdoor hot pool.’
      • ‘They found themselves in the middle of a tough decision: scrap the trip, or press on and brave the elements in hopes that the storm would pass.’
  • brave new world

    • Used to refer, often ironically, to a new and hopeful period in history resulting from major changes in society.

      ‘the brave new world of the health care market’
      • ‘Meanwhile, the Internet has created a brave new world for forum shoppers.’
      • ‘We are entering this brave new world with our eyes closed to the impact on individuals, on communities and on our social institutions.’
      • ‘Slick and stylish, it makes the brave new world of wireless capitalism look attractive and desirable.’
      • ‘No one is responsible for anything in our brave new world.’
      • ‘He gives no examples of course, so we don't get to see this brave new world of Teddy Bear Fiscal Policy and Warm Cuddles Economics.’
      • ‘In the brave new world, we will all have to stay on our toes.’
      • ‘But before we as a society plunge headlong into a brave new world of hi-tech crime detection there are some real concerns to be addressed.’
      • ‘Maybe this is a forward-thinking initiative which has taken the council into the brave new world of modern communications.’
      • ‘A child of its times, the cult was born of a reaction against post - war austerity and the flawed promise of the brave new world of the welfare state.’
      • ‘Far from making life simpler and more convenient, the choices offered by the brave new world of 2005 will make life much more complex for many.’
      • ‘But I do think that in this brave new world, you have to give the president the benefit of the doubt.’
      • ‘It was reassuring for them to enjoy such an invigorating taste of a brave new world, while the team did enough to suggest that it can be inhabited on a more regular basis.’
      • ‘Insurers are fully aware that returns from these policies will continue to fall, while we live in our brave new world of low interest rates and low inflation.’
      • ‘That act will enable us humans working together to obtain our brave new world, where there's perfect peace, equality and charity.’
      • ‘The idea that men have become lost and confused in this brave new world where women are equals ignores humankind's perennial ability to adapt.’
      • ‘But then, in this brave new world of devil-may-care slovenliness, I won't really need to.’
      • ‘They have been heralded as the dawn of a brave new world of financial security, where like eager beavers we stash away our surplus nuts for the future.’
      • ‘Not that the uneven female-to-male ratio would have any ramifications for this brave new world.’
      • ‘Welcome to the brave new world, doctor, it's the one you believe in.’
      • ‘What better way to articulate the fraught complexities of our national identity in the brave new world of home rule than through two nights a week of soap opera?’


Late 15th century: from French, from Italian bravo ‘bold’ or Spanish bravo ‘courageous, untamed, savage’, based on Latin barbarus (see barbarous).