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brace

noun uk   /breɪs/ us  

brace noun (SUPPORT)

[C] (plural braces) something that connects, fastens, makes stronger, or supports: I had to wear a brace (US usually braces) for my crooked teeth when I was a teenager. He was recently fitted with a brace for his bad back.Physical supports and supportingArches, columns and beams braces [plural] UK (US suspenders) a pair of narrow straps that stretch from the front of the trousers over your shoulders to the back to hold them up: a pair of bracesFastening clothing and textiles US → calipersMedical dressings, supports and devices

brace noun (PAIR)

[C] (plural brace) two things of the same type, especially two wild birds that have been killed for sport or food: a brace of pheasantsGroups of things according to number

brace

verb [T] uk   /breɪs/ us  

brace verb [T] (SUPPORT)

to support an object in order to stop it from falling down: The side wall of the old house was braced with a wooden support.Physical supports and supportingArches, columns and beams

brace verb [T] (PREPARE)

brace yourself to prepare yourself physically or mentally for something unpleasant: The passengers were told to brace themselves (= to press their bodies hard against something or hold them very stiff) for a crash landing. She told me she had some bad news for me and I braced myself for a shock.Preparing
(Definition of brace from the Cambridge Advanced Learners Dictionary & Thesaurus © Cambridge University Press)
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