Definition of brace verb from the Oxford Advanced Learner's Dictionary

     

    brace

     verb
    verb
    BrE BrE//breɪs//
     
    ; NAmE NAmE//breɪs//
     
    Verb Forms present simple I / you / we / they brace
    BrE BrE//breɪs//
     
    ; NAmE NAmE//breɪs//
     
    he / she / it braces
    BrE BrE//ˈbreɪsɪz//
     
    ; NAmE NAmE//ˈbreɪsɪz//
     
    past simple braced
    BrE BrE//breɪst//
     
    ; NAmE NAmE//breɪst//
     
    past participle braced
    BrE BrE//breɪst//
     
    ; NAmE NAmE//breɪst//
     
    -ing form bracing
    BrE BrE//ˈbreɪsɪŋ//
     
    ; NAmE NAmE//ˈbreɪsɪŋ//
     
     
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  1. 1brace somebody/yourself (for something) | brace somebody/yourself (to do something) to prepare somebody/yourself for something difficult or unpleasant that is going to happen UN troops are braced for more violence. They are bracing themselves for a long legal battle.
  2. 2brace something/yourself (against something) to press your body or part of your body firmly against something in order to stop yourself from falling They braced themselves against the wind.
  3. 3brace something to contract the muscles in your body or part of your body before doing something that is physically difficult He stood with his legs and shoulders braced, ready to lift the weights.
  4. 4brace something (specialist) to make something stronger or more solid by supporting it with something The roof was braced by lengths of timber.
  5. Word Origin Middle English (as a verb meaning ‘clasp, fasten tightly’): from Old French bracier ‘embrace’, from brace ‘two arms’, from Latin bracchia, plural of bracchium ‘arm’, from Greek brakhiōn.
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