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"bracket" in British English

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bracketnoun

uk   /ˈbræk.ɪt/  us   /ˈbræk.ɪt/
  • bracket noun (SYMBOL)

B2 [C usually plural] either of two ​symbols put around a word, phrase, or ​sentence in a ​piece of writing to show that what is between them should be ​considered as ​separate from the ​mainpart: Biographical ​information is ​included in brackets.UK You should ​include the ​date of ​publication in round brackets after the ​title.
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  • The country's ​initials are given in brackets after the ​figure.
  • She'd put brackets around the ​clause.
  • What does the ​figure in brackets refer to?
  • bracket noun (GROUP)

C1 [C] a ​group with ​fixedupper and ​lowerlimits: They were both ​surgeons in a high income bracket. Most of ​ourstudents are in the 18–22 age bracket. Her ​payrisebrought her into a new tax bracket.

bracketverb [T]

uk   /ˈbræk.ɪt/  us   /ˈbræk.ɪt/
(Definition of bracket from the Cambridge Advanced Learner’s Dictionary & Thesaurus © Cambridge University Press)

"bracket" in American English

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bracketnoun

 us   /ˈbræk·ɪt/
  • bracket noun (SYMBOL)

[C usually pl] either of a ​pair of ​marks [ ], or the ​information inside them, used in a ​piece of writing to show that what is inside these ​marks should be ​considered as ​separate from the ​mainpart
  • bracket noun (GROUP)

[C] a set ​group with ​fixedupper and ​lowerlimits: Most ​collegestudents are in the 18 to 22 ​age bracket. Her new ​job puts her in a ​higherincome/​tax bracket.
  • bracket noun (SUPPORT)

[C] a ​metal or ​woodpiece, usually L-shaped, whose ​verticalpart is ​fastened to a ​wall and whose ​horizontalpart is used to ​support something, such as a ​shelf

bracketverb [T]

 us   /ˈbræk·ət/
  • bracket verb [T] (ENCLOSE)

to ​enclose something in brackets: Deleted ​text is bracketed.
  • bracket verb [T] (GROUP)

to ​consider something as ​similar to or ​connected to something ​else: The ​mayorlikes to bracket having more ​cops with the ​lowercrimerate.
(Definition of bracket from the Cambridge Academic Content Dictionary © Cambridge University Press)

"bracket" in Business English

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bracketnoun [C]

uk   us   /ˈbrækɪt/
a set ​group with ​fixed upper and ​lowerlimits into which ​people or things are ​divided: in a bracket The ​payincrease in the 26-30 age bracket has been 15.5%. Those in the ​top income brackets are getting a bigger ​share of ​totalincome than at any ​time since World War II. For ​properties in the €250,000 to €300,000 price bracket, the ​agentcharges a ​fixedfee of €500.
(Definition of bracket from the Cambridge Business English Dictionary © Cambridge University Press)
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