brace Meaning in the Cambridge English Dictionary Cambridge dictionaries logo
Cambridge Dictionaries online Cambridge Dictionaries online

The most popular online dictionary and thesaurus for learners of English

Meaning of “brace” in the English Dictionary

"brace" in British English

See all translations

bracenoun

uk   /breɪs/  us   /breɪs/
  • brace noun (SUPPORT)

[C] (plural braces) something that is used to support or connect things, or to make something stronger: He was recently fitted with a brace for his bad back.
[C] UK (US braces [plural]) (plural braces) a set of connected wires that is attached to a person's teeth in order to make them straight: I had to wear a brace for my crooked teeth when I was a teenager.
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 braces
US (UK calipers) metal supports that are fastened to the legs of people who have difficulties with walking
  • 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 pheasants

braceverb [T]

uk   /breɪs/  us   /breɪs/
(Definition of brace from the Cambridge Advanced Learner’s Dictionary & Thesaurus © Cambridge University Press)

"brace" in American English

See all translations

braceverb [T]

 us   /breɪs/
  • brace verb [T] (PREPARE)

to prepare yourself physically or mentally for something unpleasant: The weather forecasters told us to brace ourselves for a heavy storm.
  • brace verb [T] (SUPPORT)

to support yourself or a part of your body: She braced herself against the dresser.
To brace an object is to support or strengthen it: You will need to brace the walls.

bracenoun [C]

 us   /breɪs/
  • brace noun [C] (SUPPORT)

something that supports, fastens, or strengthens: He was recently fitted with a brace for his bad back.
(Definition of brace from the Cambridge Academic Content Dictionary © Cambridge University Press)
What is the pronunciation of brace?
Add Cambridge dictionaries to your browser to your website
A blazing row: words and phrases for arguing and arguments
A blazing row: words and phrases for arguing and arguments
by ,
May 04, 2016
by Kate Woodford We can’t always focus on the positive! This week, we’re looking at the language that is used to refer to arguing and arguments, and the differences in meaning between the various words and phrases. There are several words that suggest that people are arguing about something that is not important. (As you might

Read More 

Word of the Day

droid

a robot (= a machine controlled by computer) that is made to look like a human

Word of the Day

trigger warning noun
trigger warning noun
May 02, 2016
a warning that a subject may trigger unpleasant emotions or memories This is not, I should stress, an argument that trigger warnings should become commonplace on campus.

Read More