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possessing or exhibiting courage or courageous endurance.
making a fine appearance.
Archaic. excellent; fine; admirable.
a brave person.
a warrior, especially among North American Indian tribes.

a bully.
a boast or challenge.

to meet or face courageously:
to brave misfortunes.
to defy; challenge; dare.
Obsolete. to make splendid.
Obsolete. to boast; brag.
Contemporary Examples

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A Confession on the Ninth of Av Samuel Lebens July 14, 2013

Historical Examples

Eight Cousins Louisa M. Alcott
Ancient Man Hendrik Willem van Loon
Expositor’s Bible: Ezra, Nehemiah, and Esther Walter Adeney
Brave and Bold Horatio Alger
The Long Chance Peter B. Kyne


having or displaying courage, resolution, or daring; not cowardly or timid
(as collective noun preceded by the): the brave

fine; splendid: a brave sight, a brave attempt
(archaic) excellent or admirable
a warrior of a Native American tribe
an obsolete word for bully1
verb (transitive)
to dare or defy: to brave the odds
to confront with resolution or courage: to brave the storm
(obsolete) to make splendid, esp in dress


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