brave


From The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.48:

Brave \Brave\, v. t. [imp. & p. p. Braved; p. pr. & vb. n.
   Braving.]
   1. To encounter with courage and fortitude; to set at
      defiance; to defy; to dare.
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            These I can brave, but those I can not bear.
                                                  --Dryden.
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   2. To adorn; to make fine or showy. [Obs.]
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            Thou [a tailor whom Grunio was browbeating] hast
            braved meny men; brave not me; I'll neither be faced
            or braved.                            --Shak.
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From The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.48:

Brave \Brave\, n.
   1. A brave person; one who is daring.
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            The star-spangled banner, O,long may it wave
            O'er the land of the free and the home of the brave.
                                                  --F. S. Key.
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   2. Specifically, an Indian warrior.
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   3. A man daring beyond discretion; a bully.
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            Hot braves like thee may fight.       --Dryden.
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   4. A challenge; a defiance; bravado. [Obs.]
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            Demetrius, thou dost overween in all;
            And so in this, to bear me down with braves. --Shak.
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From The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.48:

Brave \Brave\, a. [Compar. Braver; superl. Bravest.] [F.
   brave, It. or Sp. bravo, (orig.) fierce, wild, savage, prob.
   from. L. barbarus. See Barbarous, and cf. Bravo.]
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   1. Bold; courageous; daring; intrepid; -- opposed to
      cowardly; as, a brave man; a brave act.
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   2. Having any sort of superiority or excellence; --
      especially such as in conspicuous. [Obs. or Archaic as
      applied to material things.]
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            Iron is a brave commodity where wood aboundeth.
                                                  --Bacon.
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            It being a brave day, I walked to Whitehall.
                                                  --Pepys.
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   3. Making a fine show or display. [Archaic]
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            Wear my dagger with the braver grace. --Shak.
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            For I have gold, and therefore will be brave.
            In silks I'll rattle it of every color. --Robert
                                                  Greene.
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            Frog and lizard in holiday coats
            And turtle brave in his golden spots. --Emerson.
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   Syn: Courageous; gallant; daring; valiant; valorous; bold;
        heroic; intrepid; fearless; dauntless; magnanimous;
        high-spirited; stout-hearted. See Gallant.
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