brave Meaning in the Cambridge English Dictionary Cambridge dictionaries logo
Cambridge Dictionaries online Cambridge Dictionaries online

The most popular online dictionary and thesaurus for learners of English

Meaning of “brave” in the English Dictionary

"brave" in British English

See all translations

braveadjective

uk   /breɪv/  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 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.

expend iconexpend iconMore examples

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

braveverb [T]

uk   /breɪv/  us   /breɪv/

bravenoun [C]

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

"brave" in American English

See all translations

braveadjective [-er/-est only]

 us   /breɪv/
showing no fear of dangerous or difficult things: She liked to read stories of brave pioneer women who had crossed the country in covered wagons. Of the three organizations criticized, 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 awarded medals for bravery.

braveverb [T]

 /breɪv/
to deal with dangerous or difficult things without fear: He braved the anger/wrath of his father by quitting law school 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…
What is the pronunciation of brave?
Add Cambridge dictionaries to your browser to your website

“brave” in British English

“brave” in American English

A blazing row: words and phrases for arguing and arguments
A blazing row: words and phrases for arguing and arguments
by ,
May 04, 2016
by Kate Woodford We can’t always focus on the positive! This week, we’re looking at the language that is used to refer to arguing and arguments, and the differences in meaning between the various words and phrases. There are several words that suggest that people are arguing about something that is not important. (As you might

Read More 

Word of the Day

spaceship

(especially in stories) a vehicle used for travel in space

Word of the Day

trigger warning noun
trigger warning noun
May 02, 2016
a warning that a subject may trigger unpleasant emotions or memories This is not, I should stress, an argument that trigger warnings should become commonplace on campus.

Read More