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"grace" in British English

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gracenoun

uk   /ɡreɪs/  us   /ɡreɪs/
  • grace noun (APPROVAL)

[U] formal approval or ​kindness, ​especially (in the ​Christianreligion) 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.
by the grace of God formal
through the ​kindness or ​help of ​God: By the grace of ​God, the ​pilotmanaged to ​land the ​damagedplanesafely.
  • grace noun (PRAYER)

[C or U] a ​prayer said by Christians before a ​meal to ​thankGod for the ​food: The ​children always say grace at dinnertime.
  • grace noun (TIME)

[U] a ​period of ​timeleft 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.

graceverb [T]

uk   /ɡreɪs/  us   /ɡreɪs/
C2 to be in a ​place, on a thing etc. and make it ​look more ​attractive: Her ​face has graced the ​covers of ​magazinesacross the ​world.
grace sb with your presence
to ​honourpeople by taking ​part in something: We are ​delighted that the ​mayor will be gracing us with his ​presence at ​ourannualdinner.humorous So you've ​finallydecided to grace us with ​yourpresence, have you? (= You are late.)

Gracenoun

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

"grace" in American English

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gracenoun [U]

 us   /ɡreɪs/
  • grace noun [U] (BEAUTY)

simplebeauty of ​movement or ​form: The skaters moved over the ​ice with ​effortless grace.
  • grace noun [U] (PLEASANTNESS)

the ​charmingquality of being ​polite and ​pleasant, or a ​willingness to be ​fair and to ​forgive: She always ​handles her ​clients with ​tact and grace.
  • grace noun [U] (RELIGION)

a ​prayer of ​thanks to ​God that is said before and sometimes after a ​meal: Before we ​eat, I ​want to ​ask Cory to say grace.
Grace is also ​approval or ​protection given by ​God: By the grace of ​God, I ​hope to ​live for many ​years.
  • grace noun [U] (TIME)

an ​addedperiod of ​timeallowed before something must be done or ​paid: The ​landlord gave us a week’s grace to ​pay the ​rent.
graceful
adjective  us   /ˈɡreɪs·fəl/
The ​dancersformed graceful, ​whirlingcombinations.
graceful
adjective  us   /ˈɡreɪs·fəl/
I ​want to make a graceful ​exit when it’s ​time to ​leave.
gracefully
adverb  us   /ˈɡreɪs·fə·li/
He gracefully ​skis down the ​slopes.
gracefully
adverb  us   /ˈɡreɪs·fə·li/
A lot of ​peoplegrowold gracefully.
(Definition of grace from the Cambridge Academic Content Dictionary © Cambridge University Press)

"grace" in Business English

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gracenoun [U]

uk   us   /ɡreɪs/
extratime after the ​normaldate that a ​payment should be made, ​work should be ​finished, etc. during which there is no punishment for being late: give sb a month's/a week's/two weeks', etc. grace The ​bank gives ​customers a week's grace before ​charging a late ​fee. China will give ​foreigncompanies up to a two-year grace ​period before ​taxing their ​capitalgoodsimports.
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(Definition of grace from the Cambridge Business English Dictionary © Cambridge University Press)
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