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brave

adjective uk   /breɪv/ us  
B1 showing no fear of dangerous or difficult things: a brave soldier It was a brave decision to quit her job and start her own business. She was very brave to learn to ski at 50. Of the three organizations criticized, only one was brave enough to face the press. Richards has made a brave attempt to answer his critics. This action will cause problems, despite the bank's brave talk/words about carrying on as if nothing had happened.
bravely
adverb uk   /ˈbreɪv.li/ us  
B1 She faced the consequences bravely.

brave

verb [T] uk   /breɪv/ us  
to deal with an unpleasant or difficult situation: Let's brave the snow and go for a walk (= go for a walk even though it is snowing).literary She braved the wrath of her parents by refusing to marry the man they had chosen.

brave

noun [C] uk   /breɪv/ old-fashioned us  
a young Native American warrior (= fighting man). This word is usually considered offensive.
(Definition of brave from the Cambridge Advanced Learners Dictionary & Thesaurus © Cambridge University Press)
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