brace Meaning in the Cambridge English Dictionary
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"brace" in British English

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bracenoun

uk   us   /breɪs/

brace noun (SUPPORT)

[C] (plural braces) something that is used to ​support or ​connect things, or to make something ​stronger: He was ​recentlyfitted with a brace for his ​bad back. [C] UK (US braces [plural]) (plural braces) a set of ​connectedwires that is ​attached to a person's ​teeth in ​order to make them ​straight: I had to ​wear a brace for my ​crookedteeth when I was a ​teenager.braces [plural] UK (US suspenders) a ​pair of ​narrowstraps that ​stretch from the ​front of the ​trousers over ​yourshoulders to the back to ​hold them up: a ​pair of braces US (UK calipers) metalsupports 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 ​wildbirds that have been ​killed for ​sport or ​food: a brace ofpheasants

braceverb [T]

uk   us   /breɪs/

brace verb [T] (SUPPORT)

to ​support an ​object in ​order to ​stop it from ​falling down: The ​sidewall of the ​oldhouse was braced with a ​woodensupport.

brace verb [T] (PREPARE)

brace yourself to ​prepare yourself ​physically or ​mentally for something ​unpleasant: The ​passengers were told to brace themselves (= to ​presstheirbodies hard against something or ​hold them very ​stiff) for a ​crashlanding. She told me she had some ​badnews for me and I braced myself for a ​shock.
(Definition of brace from the Cambridge Advanced Learner’s Dictionary & Thesaurus © Cambridge University Press)

"brace" in American English

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braceverb [T]

 us   /breɪs/

brace verb [T] (PREPARE)

to ​prepare yourself ​physically or ​mentally for something ​unpleasant: The ​weatherforecasters told us to brace ourselves for a ​heavystorm.

brace verb [T] (SUPPORT)

to ​support yourself or a ​part of ​yourbody: 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 ​recentlyfitted with a brace for his ​bad back.
(Definition of brace from the Cambridge Academic Content Dictionary © Cambridge University Press)
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