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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 main part: 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 (IN SPORTS)

[C] US a diagram (= drawing) showing a series of games played in a tournament (= sports competition): In some tournaments, the full bracket is determined before the first game.

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 main part
  • bracket noun (GROUP)

[C] a set group with fixed upper and lower limits: Most college students are in the 18 to 22 age bracket. Her new job puts her in a higher income/tax bracket.
  • bracket noun (SUPPORT)

[C] a metal or wood piece, usually L-shaped, whose vertical part is fastened to a wall and whose horizontal part 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 mayor likes to bracket having more cops with the lower crime rate.
(Definition of bracket from the Cambridge Academic Content Dictionary © Cambridge University Press)

"bracket" in Business English

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bracketnoun [C]

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