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grace

noun uk   /ɡreɪs/ us  

grace noun (MOVEMENT)

C1 [U] a quality of moving in a smooth, relaxed, and attractive way: Joanna has natural grace and elegance.Beauty and attractiveness

grace noun (POLITENESS)

C2 [U] the quality of being pleasantly polite, or a willingness to be fair and honest: They accepted their defeat with good grace.Polite and respectfulPolite and respectful graces     /ɡreɪsɪz/ [plural] ways of behaving that are considered polite and pleasant: Ken is sadly lacking in social graces.Manners and levels of formalityPolite and respectful

grace noun (APPROVAL)

[U] formal approval or kindness, especially (in the Christian religion) that is freely given by God to all humans: Betty believed that it was through divine grace that her husband had recovered from his illness.Forgiveness in religion by the grace of God formal through the kindness or help of God: By the grace of God, the pilot managed to land the damaged plane safely.Good luck and bad luck

grace noun (PRAYER)

[C or U] a prayer said by Christians before a meal to thank God for the food: The children always say grace at school.Religious ceremonies and prayers

grace noun (TIME)

[U] a period of time left or allowed before something happens or before something must be done: The exams have been postponed, so the students have a few days' grace before they start.Periods of time - general words

grace

verb [T] uk   /ɡreɪs/ us  
C2 When a person or thing graces a place or thing, they make it more attractive: Her face has graced the covers of magazines across the world.Decorating or making something attractive grace sb with your presence to honour people by taking part in something: We are delighted that the mayor will be gracing us with his presence at our annual dinner.humorous So you've finally decided to grace us with your presence, have you? (= You are late.)PresentAvailable and accessibleUnavailable and inaccessible
(Definition of grace noun, verb from the Cambridge Advanced Learners Dictionary & Thesaurus © Cambridge University Press)
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