brace

verb
\ ˈbrās How to pronounce brace (audio) \
braced; bracing

Definition of brace

 (Entry 1 of 2)

transitive verb

1a : prepare, steel brace yourself for the shock
b : invigorate, freshen … I took the shower and it braced me up a bit.— Raymond Chandler
c : to prepare for use by making taut brace a drum
2a : to furnish or support with a brace (see brace entry 2 sense 1) heavily braced against the wind
b : to make stronger : reinforce nerves … braced by long familiarity with danger— T. B. Macaulay
3 : to put or plant firmly braces his foot in the stirrup
4 nautical : to turn (a sail yard) by means of a brace (see brace entry 2 sense 1e)
5 : to waylay especially with demands or questions : confront when braced, Willie had naturally denied his identityTime
6 archaic : to fasten tightly : bind

intransitive verb

1 : to get ready (as for an attack) brace for the storm
2 : to take heart used with up brace up and do something— Upton Sinclair

brace

noun
plural braces

Definition of brace (Entry 2 of 2)

1 : something that transmits, directs, resists, or supports weight or pressure: such as
a : a diagonal piece of structural material that serves to strengthen something (such as a framework) walls held up with braces
b medical : an appliance for supporting a body part has braces on his legs a neck brace
c braces plural, dentistry : an orthodontic appliance usually of metallic wire that is used especially to exert pressure to straighten misaligned teeth had braces as a teenager
d British braces plural, clothing : suspenders
e nautical : a rope rove through a block at the end of a ship's yard (see yard entry 4 sense 3) to swing it horizontally
2a : one of two marks { } used to connect words or items to be considered together
b music : one of these marks connecting two or more musical staffs (see staff entry 1 sense 3) carrying parts to be performed simultaneously
c : bracket sense 3a numbers written in braces
3 or plural brace : two of a kind : pair several brace of quail
4 : something (such as a clasp) that connects or fastens
5 : a crank-shaped instrument for turning a bit (see bit entry 1 sense 1a(2))
6 : a position of rigid attention on review, his uniform and brace were technically correctTime
7 : something that arouses energy or strengthens morale

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Examples of brace in a Sentence

Verb He braced the gate with a piece of wood. Steel columns brace the structure. She braced herself with one hand and reached up with the other. Noun We need to add some sort of brace to hold the shelf in place. He could walk with braces on his legs. She wears a back brace.
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Recent Examples on the Web: Verb Demand for workers is running red-hot as companies continue to brace themselves for a busy summer, said Lydia Boussour, lead US economist at Oxford Economics. Anneken Tappe, CNN, 8 June 2021 Owners and operators must brace for the changing habits and needs of their residents as a result of the pandemic, and solve for them early. Lucas Haldeman, Forbes, 2 June 2021 Local governments, which every two years brace themselves for the worst, have nightmares about meddling state lawmakers messing with local control of government. Gromer Jeffers Jr., Dallas News, 31 May 2021 Still in shock, co-host Whoopi Goldberg told Oldham to brace herself for another surprise: Her University of North Carolina Greensboro theater professor Dominick Amendum. Joanne Rosa, ABC News, 26 May 2021 As lawmakers quietly brace for a battle over the next opening on the Supreme Court, some in the Asian American legal community are already looking ahead to the vacancy after that – and what may be the next opportunity to make history. Mabinty Quarshie, USA TODAY, 26 May 2021 As lawmakers quietly brace for a battle over the next opening on the Supreme Court, some in the Asian American legal community are already looking ahead to the vacancy after that – and what may be the next opportunity to make history. John Fritze, USA Today, 26 May 2021 Aptaker also notes that in classic TIU fashion, viewers will receive resolution to some of the big questions hanging over the show in season 5 — but should also brace for at least one massive surprise and a new set of question marks. Dan Snierson, EW.com, 24 May 2021 Leaders may need to brace themselves for some difficult decisions. Bob Kulhan, Forbes, 26 May 2021 Recent Examples on the Web: Noun Wiseman, still in a leg brace, isn’t expected to return to on-court work until at least September. Connor Letourneau, San Francisco Chronicle, 8 May 2021 Then Pace watched Fields, seven snaps after entering the medical tent, return to the field with a new, larger brace on his knee. Nathan Baird, cleveland, 30 Apr. 2021 Buddy Brader still wants to kiss Deenie even in her brace. Washington Post, 19 Apr. 2021 Millions in the South brace for another tornado outbreak Thursday. Laura L. Davis, USA TODAY, 24 Mar. 2021 Haaland broke a plethora of scoring records with his brace against Sevilla on Tuesday before Mbappe replied by becoming the youngest player in Champions League history to reach 25 goals in the competition. Ben Church, CNN, 11 Mar. 2021 The most buoyant player on the court before UCLA games is often the one awkwardly ambling from baseline to team huddle, lugging his bulky leg brace along with a constant smile. Ben Bolch, Los Angeles Times, 23 Feb. 2021 Hundreds of flights have been canceled at DFW International Airport and Dallas Love Field as airlines brace for unusual winter weather in North Texas that is only expected to worsen as the day goes on. Dallas News, 14 Feb. 2021 Darrell is smiling bravely, his posture very straight in his back brace. Ann Patchett, The New Yorker, 28 Sep. 2020

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First Known Use of brace

Verb

14th century, in the meaning defined at transitive sense 6

Noun

15th century, in the meaning defined at sense 4

History and Etymology for brace

Verb

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

Noun

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

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The first known use of brace was in the 14th century

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12 Jun 2021

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“Brace.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/brace. Accessed 21 Jun. 2021.

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brace

verb

English Language Learners Definition of brace

 (Entry 1 of 2)

: to get ready for something difficult or unpleasant
: to give added physical support or strength to (something)
: to support (yourself) by leaning against something or holding something

brace

noun

English Language Learners Definition of brace (Entry 2 of 2)

: 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

brace

verb
\ ˈbrās How to pronounce brace (audio) \
braced; bracing

Kids Definition of brace

 (Entry 1 of 2)

1 : to make strong, firm, or steady I stood up, bracing my body as well as I could against the wind.— Katherine Paterson, Jacob Have I Loved
2 : to get ready They braced for a storm.

brace

noun

Kids Definition of brace (Entry 2 of 2)

1 : something that adds strength or support a neck brace
2 braces plural : a usually wire device worn to correct the position of teeth
3 : one of a pair of marks { } used to connect words or items to be considered together
4 : two of a kind a brace of quail
5 : a tool with a U-shaped bend that is used to turn wood-boring bits

brace

noun
\ ˈbrās How to pronounce brace (audio) \

Medical Definition of brace

 (Entry 1 of 2)

1 : an appliance that gives support to movable parts (as a joint or a fractured bone), to weak muscles (as in paralysis), or to strained ligaments (as of the lower back)
2 braces plural : an orthodontic appliance usually of metallic wire that is used especially to exert pressure to straighten misaligned teeth and that is not removable by the patient
braced; bracing

Medical Definition of brace (Entry 2 of 2)

: to furnish or support with a brace

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