Definition of “bracket” - English Dictionary

“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)