adjective, braver, bravest.
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.
verb (used with object), braved, braving.
to meet or face courageously: to brave misfortunes.
to defy; challenge; dare.
Obsolete. to make splendid.
verb (used without object), braved, braving.
Obsolete. to boast; brag.

1475–85; < Middle French < Spanish bravo (> Italian) < Vulgar Latin *brabus for Latin barbarus barbarous

bravely, adverb
braveness, noun
overbrave, adjective
overbravely, adverb
overbraveness, noun
quasi-brave, adjective
quasi-bravely, adverb
superbrave, adjective
superbravely, adverb
superbraveness, noun
unbrave, adjective
unbravely, adverb
unbraveness, noun
unbraved, adjective

1. bold, intrepid, daring, dauntless, heroic. Brave, courageous, valiant, fearless, gallant refer to confident bearing in the face of difficulties or dangers. Brave is the most comprehensive: it is especially used of that confident fortitude or daring that actively faces and endures anything threatening. Courageous implies a higher or nobler kind of bravery, especially as resulting from an inborn quality of mind or spirit that faces or endures perils or difficulties without fear and even with enthusiasm. Valiant implies a correspondence between an inner courageousness and external deeds, particularly of physical strength or endurance. Fearless implies unflinching spirit and coolness in the face of danger. Gallant implies a chivalrous, impetuous, or dashing bravery.

1. cowardly. Unabridged
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brave (breɪv)
1.  a.  having or displaying courage, resolution, or daring; not cowardly or timid
 b.  (as collective noun preceded by the): the brave
2.  fine; splendid: a brave sight; a brave attempt
3.  archaic excellent or admirable
4.  a warrior of a Native American tribe
5.  an obsolete word for bully
6.  to dare or defy: to brave the odds
7.  to confront with resolution or courage: to brave the storm
8.  obsolete to make splendid, esp in dress
[C15: from French, from Italian bravo courageous, wild, perhaps ultimately from Latin barbarusbarbarous]

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Word Origin & History

late 15c., from M.Fr., "splendid, valiant," from It. bravo "brave, bold," originally "wild, savage," possibly from M.L. bravus "cutthroat, villain," from L. pravus "crooked, depraved;" a less likely etymology being from L. barbarus (see barbarous). A Celtic origin (Ir.
breagh, Cornish bray) also has been suggested. The noun application to N. American Indian warriors is from c.1600. O.E. words for this, some with overtones of "rashness," included modig (now "moody"), beald ("bold"), cene ("keen"), dyrstig ("daring"). The verb "to face with bravery" is from 1776, from Fr. braver. Brave new world is from the title of Aldous Huxley's 1932 satirical utopian novel; he lifted the phrase from Shakespeare ("Tempest" v.i.183).
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Example sentences
We must have them available for the tough guy people who bravely shoot them
  with high powered rifles to prove their macho status.
Each of these pieces threatens the astronauts who bravely work in space.
Bravely, he got out and walked the length of the fence, praying that he didn't
  run into any bears.
The best bravely put their energies where they can do best, in teaching and in
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