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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

Prince William’s Dramatic Rescue Mission Boosts Royals’ Image Tom Sykes November 27, 2011
‘Escape From Tomorrow’: Making Disney’s Worst Nightmare Marlow Stern October 8, 2013
Hilarious Wind-Blown Reporters Alex Berg August 28, 2012
The Drug-Free Breakfast Rave Is New York’s Latest Exercise Trend Jessica Burdon May 7, 2014
Protests Couldn’t Save Pussy Riot From Two-Year Prison Sentence Anna Nemtsova August 16, 2012

Historical Examples

La Sorcire: The Witch of the Middle Ages Jules Michelet
Lucile Triumphant Elizabeth M. Duffield
A Leisurely Tour in England James John Hissey
Apology Plato
In and Out of Rebel Prisons Lieut. A. [Alonzo] Cooper


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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