- 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.
Origin of brave
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Related Wordsvaliantly, boldly, gamely, heroically, gallantly, fearlessly, audaciously, chivalrously, unflinchingly
Examples from the Web for bravely
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Meena eventually escaped, and with the help of the nonprofit group Apne Aap, bravely returned to rescue her daughter, Naina.Lucy Liu: Child Trafficking Must End Now
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"You want to cut out worrying about me," he counseled, bravely.Within the Law
"We'll break the bad luck seven to-day," asserted little Redpath, bravely.Thoroughbreds
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"I'll see it in London," she had said bravely, trying to conceal her disappointment.The Foolish Lovers
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Then she fell to thinking how bravely he had borne him in that fray.
Go now, and bear you bravely, as you will for your own honour and that of England, and for mine.
- having or displaying courage, resolution, or daring; not cowardly or timid
- (as collective noun preceded by the)the brave
- fine; splendida brave sight; a brave attempt
- archaic excellent or admirable
- a warrior of a Native American tribe
- an obsolete word for bully 1
- to dare or defyto brave the odds
- to confront with resolution or courageto brave the storm
- obsolete to make splendid, esp in dress
Word Origin and History for bravely
late 15c., from Middle French brave, "splendid, valiant," from Italian bravo "brave, bold," originally "wild, savage," possibly from Medieval Latin bravus "cutthroat, villain," from Latin pravus "crooked, depraved;" a less likely etymology being from Latin barbarus (see barbarous). A Celtic origin (Irish breagh, Cornish bray) also has been suggested.
Old English words for this, some with overtones of "rashness," included modig (now "moody"), beald ("bold"), cene ("keen"), dyrstig ("daring"). 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).
"to face with bravery," 1776, from French braver, from brave (see brave (adj.)). Related: Braved; braving.