brave Definition

ready to face and endure danger or pain; showing courage.

Using brave: Examples

Take a moment to familiarize yourself with how "brave" can be used in various situations through the following examples!

  • Example

    The firefighters were brave in their efforts to save the people trapped in the burning building.

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    It was brave of her to speak up against injustice.

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    He fought bravely in the war.

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    She took a brave decision to quit her job and start her own business.

brave Synonyms and Antonyms

Phrases with brave

  • to act as if everything is fine even though one is feeling upset or anxious


    She put on a brave face and went to the party even though she had just broken up with her boyfriend.

  • a situation or society characterized by new and often unsettling developments


    The rise of artificial intelligence has led us into a brave new world of possibilities and challenges.

  • to endure a difficult situation without showing fear or weakness


    He decided to brave it out and face the consequences of his mistake.

Origins of brave

from Middle French 'brave', meaning 'valiant, brave'


Summary: brave in Brief

The term 'brave' [breɪv] describes someone who is ready to face danger or pain and shows courage. It can be used to describe people who are heroic, valiant, or bold, as well as actions that require courage, such as speaking up against injustice. Phrases like 'brave face' and 'brave new world' extend its usage to situations where one must endure unsettling developments or put on a brave front.

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