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Definition of courage noun from the Oxford Advanced American Dictionary



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  1. 1  the ability to do something dangerous, or to face pain or opposition, without showing fear synonym bravery
  2. 2 He showed great courage and determination. I haven't yet had the courage to ask her. moral/physical courage courage in the face of danger
  3. Idioms
    have/lack the courage of your convictions
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    to be/not be brave enough to do what you feel to be right
    screw up your courage
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    to force yourself to be brave enough to do something I finally screwed up my courage and went to the dentist.
    take courage (from something)
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    to begin to feel happier and more confident because of something
See the Oxford Advanced Learner's Dictionary entry: courage