Definition of brave adjective from the Oxford Advanced Learner's Dictionary

      

    brave

     adjective
    adjective
    BrE BrE//breɪv//
     
    ; NAmE NAmE//breɪv//
     
    (braver, bravest) Brave
     
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  1. 1  (of a person) willing to do things which are difficult, dangerous or painful; not afraid synonym courageous brave men and women Be brave! I wasn't brave enough to tell her what I thought of her. See related entries: Brave
  2. 2  (of an action) requiring or showing courage a brave decision She died after a brave fight against cancer. He felt homesick, but made a brave attempt to appear cheerful.
  3. 3brave new (sometimes ironicsometimes ironic) new in an impressive way a vision of a brave new Britain
  4. Word Origin late 15th cent.: from French, from Italian bravo ‘bold’ or Spanish bravo ‘courageous, untamed, savage’, based on Latin barbarus from Greek barbaros ‘foreign’.Extra examples The whisky had made me brave. I had to put on a brave face and try to show him that I wasn’t worried. I wasn’t brave enough to tell her what I thought of her. She took the brave decision to start her own business.Idioms a situation or society that changes in a way that is meant to improve people’s lives but is often a source of extra problems the brave new world of technology
    put on a brave face, put a brave face on something
     
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    to pretend that you feel confident and happy when you do not I had to put on a brave face and try to show him that I wasn’t worried. She put a brave face on her illness.
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