UK:*UK and possibly other pronunciationsUK and possibly other pronunciations/ˈbreɪs/US:USA pronunciation: IPA and respellingUSA pronuncation: IPA/breɪs/ ,USA pronunciation: respelling(brās)

Inflections of 'brace' (v): (⇒ conjugate)
v 3rd person singular
v pres pverb, present participle: -ing verb used descriptively or to form progressive verb--for example, "a singing bird," "It is singing."
v pastverb, past simple: Past tense--for example, "He saw the man." "She laughed."
v past pverb, past participle: Verb form used descriptively or to form verbs--for example, "the locked door," "The door has been locked."

WordReference Random House Learner's Dictionary of American English © 2020
brace /breɪs/USA pronunciation   n., v.,  braced, brac•ing. 
n. [countable]
  1. something that holds parts in place, such as a clamp;
    something that helps make something rigid:He nailed in a brace to support the beams.
  2. DentistryUsually, braces. [plural] a set of wires or bands attached to the teeth, used to straighten crooked teeth:got braces when she was twelve.
  3. Surgerya device on part of a person's body for supporting a weak joint or joints.
  4. a pair;
    couple: a brace of birds killed in that hunting trip.
    • Printingone of two characters, [ or ], used to enclose words or lines to be considered together.

v. [+ object]
  1. to furnish, fasten, or strengthen with or as if with a brace:He braced the sagging wall with a piece of wood.
  2. to prepare (oneself) for something unpleasant:[+ oneself]couldn't brake in time and braced herself for the crash.

WordReference Random House Unabridged Dictionary of American English © 2020
brace  (brās),USA pronunciation n., v.,  braced, brac•ing. 
  1. something that holds parts together or in place, as a clasp or clamp.
  2. anything that imparts rigidity or steadiness.
  3. Building, Mechanical EngineeringAlso called  bitbrace, bitstock. [Mach.]a device for holding and turning a bit for boring or drilling.
  4. Buildinga piece of timber, metal, etc., for supporting or positioning another piece or portion of a framework.
  5. Nautical, Naval Terms(on a square-rigged ship) a rope by which a yard is swung about and secured horizontally.
  6. Music and Danceleather loops sliding upon the tightening cords of a drum to change their tension and the drum's pitch.
  7. DentistryOften,  braces. a round or flat metal wire placed against the surfaces of the teeth for straightening irregularly arranged teeth.
  8. Medicinean appliance for supporting a weak joint or joints.
  9. British Terms, Clothingbraces, [Chiefly Brit.]suspender (def. 1).
  10. a pair;
    couple:a brace of grouse.
  11. [Printing.]
    • Printingone of two characters { or }
      used to enclose words or lines to be considered together.
    • Printingbracket (def. 7).
  12. Music and Danceconnected staves.
  13. a protective band covering the wrist or lower part of the arm, esp. a bracer.
  14. Militarya position of attention with exaggeratedly stiff posture.

  1. to furnish, fasten, or strengthen with or as if with a brace.
  2. to fix firmly;
    make steady;
    secure against pressure or impact:He braces himself when the ship rolls. Brace yourself for some bad news.
  3. to make tight;
    increase the tension of.
  4. to act as a stimulant to.
  5. Nautical, Naval Termsto swing or turn around (the yards of a ship) by means of the braces.
  6. Militaryto order (a subordinate) to assume and maintain a brace.

  1. Militaryto assume a brace.
  2. brace in, [Naut.]to brace (the yards of a square-rigged vessel) more nearly athwartships, as for running free.
  3. brace up, [Informal.]to summon up one's courage;
    become resolute:She choked back her tears and braced up.
  • Anglo-French bracier, derivative of brace; compare embrace1), in part. derivative of the noun, nominal
  • Greek; see brachium); (verb, verbal) in part Middle English bracen (
  • Latin brā(c)chia plural (taken as feminine singular) of brā(c)chium arm (
  • Anglo-French, Old French: pair of arms
  • (noun, nominal) Middle English 1300–50
    • 1.See corresponding entry in Unabridged vise.
    • 4.See corresponding entry in Unabridged stay, prop, strut.
    • 10.See corresponding entry in Unabridged See  pair. 
    • 15.See corresponding entry in Unabridged support, fortify, prop.
    • 17.See corresponding entry in Unabridged tauten, tense.
    • 18.See corresponding entry in Unabridged fortify.

Collins Concise English Dictionary © HarperCollins Publishers::
brace /breɪs/ n
  1. a hand tool for drilling holes, with a socket to hold the drill at one end and a cranked handle by which the tool can be turned
    See also brace and bit
  2. something that steadies, binds, or holds up another thing
  3. a structural member, such as a beam or prop, used to stiffen a framework
  4. a pair; two, esp of game birds
  5. either of a pair of characters, { }, used for connecting lines of printing or writing or as a third sign of aggregation in complex mathematical or logical expressions that already contain parentheses and square brackets

  6. Also called: accolade a line or bracket connecting two or more staves of music
  7. (often plural) an appliance of metal bands and wires that can be tightened to maintain steady pressure on the teeth for correcting uneven alignment
  8. any of various appliances for supporting the trunk, a limb, or teeth
  9. See braces
vb (mainly tr)
  1. to provide, strengthen, or fit with a brace
  2. to steady or prepare (oneself or something) as before an impact
  3. (also intr) to stimulate; freshen; invigorate: sea air is bracing
Etymology: 14th Century: from Old French: the two arms, from Latin bracchia arms
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