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Meaning of “brave” in the English Dictionary

"brave" in British English

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braveadjective

uk   us   /breɪv/
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 tolearn to ​ski at 50. Of the three ​organizationscriticized, only one was brave enough toface the ​press. Richards has made a brave attempt to ​answer his ​critics. This ​action will ​causeproblems, ​despite the bank's brave talk/words about ​carrying on as if nothing had ​happened.

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bravely
adverb uk   us   /ˈbreɪv.li/
B1 She ​faced the ​consequences bravely.

braveverb [T]

uk   us   /breɪv/

bravenoun [C]

uk   us   /breɪv/ old-fashioned
(Definition of brave from the Cambridge Advanced Learner’s Dictionary & Thesaurus © Cambridge University Press)

"brave" in American English

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braveadjective [-er/-est only]

 us   /breɪv/
showing no ​fear of ​dangerous or ​difficult things: She ​liked to ​readstories of brave ​pioneer women who had crossed the ​country in ​coveredwagons. Of the three ​organizationscriticized, only one was brave enough to ​face the ​press.
bravely
adverb  us   /ˈbreɪv·li/
"The ​pain isn’t so ​bad," she said bravely.
bravery
noun [U]  us   /ˈbreɪ·və·ri, ˈbreɪv·ri/
They were ​awardedmedals for bravery.

braveverb [T]

 /breɪv/
to ​deal with ​dangerous or ​difficult things without ​fear: He braved the ​anger/​wrath of his ​father by ​quittinglawschool and ​becoming an ​artist.
(Definition of brave from the Cambridge Academic Content Dictionary © Cambridge University Press)
Translations of “brave”
in Korean 용감한…
in Arabic شُجاع, مِقْدام…
in Malaysian berani…
in French brave…
in Russian храбрый…
in Chinese (Traditional) 勇敢的,無畏的…
in Italian coraggioso, valoroso…
in Turkish cesur, yürekli…
in Polish odważny…
in Spanish valiente, valeroso…
in Vietnamese gan dạ…
in Portuguese valente, corajoso, bravo…
in Thai กล้า…
in German tapfer…
in Catalan valent…
in Japanese 勇敢な, 勇ましい…
in Chinese (Simplified) 勇敢的,无畏的…
in Indonesian berani…
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