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noun [uncountable]     courage pronunciation in American English
  1. the ability to do something that you know is right or good, even though it is dangerous, frightening, or very difficult

    She has shown immense courage in opposing a corrupt and violent regime.

    have the courage to do something:

    I didn’t have the courage to admit I was wrong.

    pluck up/summon up (the) courage (=try to make yourself feel brave enough to do something):

    Eventually I plucked up the courage and made an appointment with the doctor.

    it takes courage to do something:

    It took a great deal of courage to leave her friends.

    1. a.
      the ability to be brave when you are in great pain

      He had faced his illness with great courage.

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a description of an economic or political situation based on analysis of information at the present time

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an unregulated form of capitalism that features financial deregulation, privatisation and low tax for high earners

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