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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 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   us   /breɪs/

brace verb [T] (SUPPORT)

to support an object in order to stop it from falling down: The side wall of the old house was braced with a wooden support.

brace verb [T] (PREPARE)

brace yourself to prepare yourself physically or mentally for something unpleasant: The passengers were told to brace themselves (= to press their bodies hard against something or hold them very stiff) for a crash landing. She told me she had some bad news for me and I braced myself for a shock.
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