adjective, brav·er, brav·est.
- a bully.
- a boast or challenge.
verb (used with object), braved, brav·ing.
verb (used without object), braved, brav·ing.
- bravais lattice,
- brave face, put on a,
- brave it out,
- brave new world,
- brave the elements,
- brave west winds
Origin of brave
Examples from the Web for bravely
The Americans bravely fought on and held the area, though heavily outnumbered by the 2,000 British troops.The British Royals Reinvade Brooklyn: William and Kate Come Watch Basketball on Historic Battle Site|Justin Jones|December 6, 2014|DAILY BEAST
But as many have reported from on the ground, the country is bravely forging ahead.
I love The Affair for bravely reflecting back to us that murky grey area of not knowing.
Would she say I was a hero, someone who bravely tried to move science forward?Caring for Ebola Patients Deeply Scary For Health Care Workers|Kent Sepkowitz|August 2, 2014|DAILY BEAST
Meena eventually escaped, and with the help of the nonprofit group Apne Aap, bravely returned to rescue her daughter, Naina.
I didn't feel square not to have you know it, after you stood up so bravely for 'Oliver'.The Sunbridge Girls at Six Star Ranch|Eleanor H. (Eleanor Hodgman) Porter
She lifted her shamed face and bravely laid her feverish, quivering lips on his.Freckles|Gene Stratton-Porter
When widowed at the age of twenty, she had bravely assumed the care and bringing up of her son.Hawk Eye|David Cory
Bravely she tried to smile, bravely also she tried to get up.Arundel|Edward Frederic Benson
We found an old, but obliging, Roman Catholic in possession of the premises, once so bravely defended by their patriotic owner.The Vaudois of Piedmont|John Napper Worsfold
- having or displaying courage, resolution, or daring; not cowardly or timid
- (as collective noun preceded by the)the brave
Word Origin for brave
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.