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1brace/ˈbreɪs/verb
bracesbracedbracing
1brace
/ˈbreɪs/
verb
bracesbracedbracing
Learner's definition of BRACE  
: to get ready for something difficult or unpleasant
[no object]chiefly US
— usually + for
[+ object]
— usually + for
[+ object] : to give added physical support or strength to (something)
[+ object] 
: to support (yourself) by leaning against something or holding something— often + against
   b : to place (something, such as your feet or hands) against something for support— usually + against
2brace/ˈbreɪs/noun
pluralbraces
2brace
/ˈbreɪs/
noun
pluralbraces
Learner's definition of BRACE  
[count] : a part that adds physical strength or support
[count] 
: a device that supports a part of the body
   b : a device that is attached to teeth to make them straight— plural in U.S. English
[count] : either one of the marks { or } that are used as a pair around words or items that are to be considered together— usually plural
— called also curly bracecurly bracket
braces [plural]British 
[count] 
pluralbrace
: a pair of birds that have been hunted and killed
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