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bracket

noun uk   /ˈbræk.ɪt/ us  

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.Punctuation

bracket noun (GROUP)

C1 [C] a group with fixed upper and lower limits: They were both surgeons in a high income bracket. Most British university students are in the 18–22 age bracket. Her pay rise brought her into a new tax bracket.Groups and collections of thingsVariety and mixtures

bracket noun (SUPPORT)

[C] a piece of metal, wood, or plastic, usually L-shaped, that is fastened to a wall and used to support something such as a shelfPhysical supports and supportingArches, columns and beams

bracket

verb [T] uk   /ˈbræk.ɪt/ us  

bracket verb [T] (USE SYMBOL)

to put brackets around words, phrases, numbers, etc.: I've bracketed the bits of text that could be omitted.Punctuation

bracket verb [T] (PUT IN GROUP)

If you bracket two or more things or people, you consider them to be similar or connected to each other: He's often bracketed with the romantic poets of this period although this does not reflect the range of his work.Classifying and creating order
(Definition of bracket from the Cambridge Advanced Learners Dictionary & Thesaurus © Cambridge University Press)
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