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verb \ˈbrās\

Simple Definition of brace

  • : to get ready for something difficult or unpleasant ( chiefly US )

  • : to give added physical support or strength to (something)

  • : to support (yourself) by leaning against something or holding something

Full Definition of brace


  1. transitive verb
  2. 1 archaic :  to fasten tightly :  bind

  3. 2 a :  to prepare for use by making taut b :  prepare, steel <brace yourself for the shock> c :  invigorate, freshen

  4. 3 :  to turn (a sail yard) by means of a brace

  5. 4 a :  to furnish or support with a brace b :  to make stronger :  reinforce

  6. 5 :  to put or plant firmly <braces his foot in the stirrup>

  7. 6 :  to waylay especially with demands or questions

  8. intransitive verb
  9. 1 :  to take heart —used with up

  10. 2 :  to get ready (as for an attack)

Examples of brace

  1. He braced the gate with a piece of wood.

  2. Steel columns brace the structure.

  3. She braced herself with one hand and reached up with the other.

Origin of brace

Middle English, from Anglo-French bracer to embrace, from brace

First Known Use: 14th century




Simple Definition of brace

  • : a part that adds physical strength or support

  • : a device that supports a part of the body

  • : a device that is attached to teeth to make them straight

Full Definition of brace

plural brac·es

  1. 1 :  something (as a clasp) that connects or fastens

  2. 2 or plural brace :  two of a kind :  pair <several brace of quail>

  3. 3 :  a crank-shaped instrument for turning a bit

  4. 4 :  something that transmits, directs, resists, or supports weight or pressure: as a :  a diagonal piece of structural material that serves to strengthen something (as a framework) b :  a rope rove through a block at the end of a ship's yard to swing it horizontally c plural :  suspenders d :  an appliance for supporting a body part e plural :  an orthodontic appliance usually of metallic wire that is used especially to exert pressure to straighten misaligned teeth

  5. 5 a :  one of two marks { } used to connect words or items to be considered together b :  one of these marks connecting two or more musical staffs carrying parts to be performed simultaneously c :  bracket 3a

  6. 6 :  a position of rigid attention

  7. 7 :  something that arouses energy or strengthens morale

Examples of brace

  1. We need to add some sort of brace to hold the shelf in place.

  2. He could walk with braces on his legs.

  3. She wears a back brace.

Origin of brace

Middle English, clasp, pair, from Anglo-French, pair of arms, pair, support, from Latin bracchia, plural of bracchium arm, from Greek brachiōn, from comparative of brachys short — more at brief

First Known Use: 14th century

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