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

     

    bracket

     verb
    verb
    BrE BrE//ˈbrækɪt//
     
    ; NAmE NAmE//ˈbrækɪt//
     
    Verb Forms present simple I / you / we / they bracket
    BrE BrE//ˈbrækɪt//
     
    ; NAmE NAmE//ˈbrækɪt//
     
    he / she / it brackets
    BrE BrE//ˈbrækɪts//
     
    ; NAmE NAmE//ˈbrækɪts//
     
    past simple bracketed
    BrE BrE//ˈbrækɪtɪd//
     
    ; NAmE NAmE//ˈbrækɪtɪd//
     
    past participle bracketed
    BrE BrE//ˈbrækɪtɪd//
     
    ; NAmE NAmE//ˈbrækɪtɪd//
     
    -ing form bracketing
    BrE BrE//ˈbrækɪtɪŋ//
     
    ; NAmE NAmE//ˈbrækɪtɪŋ//
     
     
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  1. 1bracket something to put words, information, etc. between brackets
  2. 2bracket A and B (together) | bracket A (together) with B [often passive] to consider people or things to be similar or connected in some way It is unfair to bracket together those who cannot work with those who will not. He is sometimes wrongly bracketed with the ‘new wave’ film directors. The two writers are often bracketed together by critics.
  3. Word Origin late 16th cent.: from French braguette or Spanish bragueta ‘codpiece, bracket, corbel’, from Provençal braga, from Latin braca, (plural) bracae ‘breeches’.
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