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

     

    brand

     verb
    verb
    BrE BrE//brænd//
     
    ; NAmE NAmE//brænd//
     
    [often passive]Verb Forms present simple I / you / we / they brand
    BrE BrE//brænd//
     
    ; NAmE NAmE//brænd//
     
    he / she / it brands
    BrE BrE//brændz//
     
    ; NAmE NAmE//brændz//
     
    past simple branded
    BrE BrE//ˈbrændɪd//
     
    ; NAmE NAmE//ˈbrændɪd//
     
    past participle branded
    BrE BrE//ˈbrændɪd//
     
    ; NAmE NAmE//ˈbrændɪd//
     
    -ing form branding
    BrE BrE//ˈbrændɪŋ//
     
    ; NAmE NAmE//ˈbrændɪŋ//
     
     
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  1. 1to describe somebody/something as being something bad or unpleasant, especially unfairly brand somebody/something as something They were branded as liars and cheats. brand somebody/something + noun/adj. The newspapers branded her a hypocrite.
  2. 2brand something (with something) to mark an animal with a brand (3) to show who owns it
  3. Word Origin Old English brand ‘burning’, of Germanic origin; related to German Brand, also to burn. The verb sense ‘mark permanently with a hot iron’ dates from late Middle English, giving rise to the noun sense ‘a mark of ownership made by branding’ (mid 17th cent.), which developed in to sense (1) (early 19th cent.).
See the Oxford Advanced American Dictionary entry: brand