- 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.
- 2brand something (with something) to mark an animal with a brand (3) to show who owns it 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.).
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//