Definition of brave in US English:



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

    ‘a brave soldier’
    ‘he put up a brave fight before losing’
    ‘it was a time to remember the brave’
    • ‘Cheshire junior girls put up a brave fight before losing by a point to Yorkshire at Low Laithes in an inter-county fixture.’
    • ‘What was particularly nice was that quite a few of the widows came along which I thought was amazingly brave of them.’
    • ‘Loyal and brave soldiers fought well to the point that it brought tears to my eyes.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘It means a courageous rescuer or brave soldier.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘The newly formed team put up a brave fight but were defeated by a stronger Louisburgh team.’
    • ‘I always thought it was brave of him to return to Union Square after being shot.’
    • ‘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 seemed quite brave of him, considering he wasn't a day older than twelve.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘The roundheads put up a brave fight but they were finally defeated when the Royalist captain sat on the roundhead leader's stomach.’
    • ‘Despite the defeat the players put up a brave fight but simply had not enough firepower to overcome a rampant Cork outfit.’
    • ‘‘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.’
    • ‘It was very brave of them to risk one of the hardest productions in theatre.’
    • ‘Allow me to introduce you to some of the poor, brave soldiers fighting this awful and brutal war.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘It's very brave of them to say it anyway - a new tack indeed.’
    • ‘Our soldiers are now fighting side-by-side with your brave soldiers, now and every day.’
    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’
      • ‘We have two Crocus that have bloomed and the Primulas are putting on a brave show of colour.’
      • ‘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.’
      • ‘A fine, brave world awaits the new parliament.’
      • ‘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.’


  • A North American Indian warrior.

    • ‘The two brave warriors are about to be absorbed.’
    • ‘When the Cavalry invested Indian encampments, they periodically encountered warrior braves beside women and children.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘When Tecumtha's Religion of the Dancing Lakes came to young Creek braves, they were ready to believe in it.’


[with object]
  • Endure or face (unpleasant conditions or behavior) without showing fear.

    ‘we had to brave the full heat of the sun’
    • ‘As the rain worsened, onlookers started to wonder why so many were braving the elements for a mere concert.’
    • ‘We braved freezing weather and came out looking for a great game.’
    • ‘But like his hardened ancestors from Achill island he braved the weather and endured.’
    • ‘Also thanks to the people who braved the weather to make the collection.’
    • ‘Surely they are worth braving the elements for.’
    • ‘Climatic conditions were unkind on the second evening, but that did not deter a sizeable crowd from braving the elements.’
    • ‘Full marks to the players who braved the snow, sleet and freezing conditions to serve up a fast spirited game.’
    • ‘Since she was a child, Elliott has loved the outdoors, so she's used to braving unsavoury weather conditions.’
    • ‘The last few weeks have been relatively quiet in the West, with few anglers braving the cold conditions.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘In even worse conditions on Sunday the fleet braved the elements to race round the same course.’
    • ‘For the rare treat, fans had travelled from far, slept outside and braved the winter weather.’
    • ‘We felt rather daring, braving the possibility of confronting the dreaded predators in order to be toppled by a few lazy waves.’
    • ‘Around 250 swimmers braved the cold and elements to participate in the major event.’
    • ‘Men and women braved the arctic weather conditions and set off on the long trail.’
    • ‘Street traders of all ages stood guarding their wares braving the cold weather of winter until close to midnight.’
    • ‘Smaller offbeat films are, however, braving uncertain weather and surprisingly recovering their money as well.’
    • ‘The challenge involved scaling 15 peaks in 48 hours, and two nights camping out, braving the late September weather.’
    • ‘Then wrapped up warm against a surprisingly cold day, I braved the tube full of its grumpy Christmas shoppers.’
    • ‘Thus begins an adventure in which Measle finds friends, braves dangers, wreaks vengeance and discovers a happy ending.’
    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’
      • ‘For something completely different, brave the elements in an Icelandic outdoor hot pool.’
      • ‘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.’
      • ‘Many traditional climbers braved the elements in the early morning to make the ascent to the top.’
      • ‘Those who did brave the elements had to wade through a sea of mud.’
      • ‘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.’
      • ‘The small crowd which had braved the elements watched with a mixture of emotions.’
  • 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 computing’
      • ‘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 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.’
      • ‘Not that the uneven female-to-male ratio would have any ramifications for this brave new world.’
      • ‘We are entering this brave new world with our eyes closed to the impact on individuals, on communities and on our social institutions.’
      • ‘Meanwhile, the Internet has created a brave new world for forum shoppers.’
      • ‘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.’
      • ‘That act will enable us humans working together to obtain our brave new world, where there's perfect peace, equality and charity.’
      • ‘But I do think that in this brave new world, you have to give the president the benefit of the doubt.’
      • ‘In the brave new world, we will all have to stay on our toes.’
      • ‘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.’
      • ‘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?’
      • ‘No one is responsible for anything in our brave new world.’
      • ‘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.’
      • ‘Slick and stylish, it makes the brave new world of wireless capitalism look attractive and desirable.’
      • ‘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.’
      • ‘Maybe this is a forward-thinking initiative which has taken the council into the brave new world of modern communications.’
      • ‘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.’
      • ‘But then, in this brave new world of devil-may-care slovenliness, I won't really need to.’
      • ‘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.’


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