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brave vb. (1 freq. in S.; 2 in common Eliz. use)
1. to challenge, defy (lit. and fig.) John IV. iii. 87 “dar'st thou brave a nobleman?,” R3 IV. iii. 57 “when traitors brave the field,” Lucr. 40 “so rich a thing, Braving compare” ; also intr. in pres. pple. All'sW. I. ii. 3 “A braving war,” R2 II. iii. 112 “braving arms.”
2. to make splendid Shr. IV. iii. 125, R3 V. iii. 280 “He” [the sun] “should have b-'d the east an hour ago.”
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