- 1[uncountable] an attractive quality of movement that is smooth, elegant and controlled She moves with the natural grace of a ballerina. See related entries: Position and movement, Attractiveness behaviour
- 2[uncountable] a quality of behaviour that is polite and pleasant and deserves respect He conducted himself with grace and dignity throughout the trial.
- 3graces [plural] (especially British English) ways of behaving that people think are polite and acceptable He was not particularly well versed in the social graces. extra time
- 4[uncountable] extra time that is given to somebody to enable them to pay a bill, finish a piece of work, etc. They've given me a month's grace to get the money. of God
- 5[uncountable] the kindness that God shows towards the human race the power of divine grace It was only by the grace of God that they survived. CollocationsReligionBeing religious believe in God/Christ/Allah/free will/predestination/heaven and hell/an afterlife/reincarnation be/become a believer/an atheist/an agnostic/a Christian/Muslim/Hindu/Buddhist, etc. convert to/practise/ (especially US English) practice a religion/Buddhism/Catholicism/Christianity/Islam/Judaism, etc. go to church/(North American English) temple (= the synagogue) go to the local church/mosque/synagogue/gurdwara belong to a church/a religious community join/enter the church/a convent/a monastery/a religious sect/the clergy/the priesthood praise/worship/obey/serve/glorify GodCelebrations and ritual attend/hold/conduct/lead a service perform a ceremony/a rite/a ritual/a baptism/the Hajj/a mitzvah carry out/perform a sacred/burial/funeral/fertility/purification rite go on/make a pilgrimage celebrate Christmas/Easter/Eid/Ramadan/Hanukkah/Passover/Diwali observe/break the Sabbath/a fast/Ramadan deliver/preach/hear a sermon lead/address the congregation say/recite a prayer/blessingReligious texts and ideas preach/proclaim/spread the word of God/the Gospel/the message of Islam study/follow the dharma/the teachings of Buddha read/study/understand/interpret scripture/the Bible/the Koran/the gospel/the Torah be based on/derive from divine revelation commit/consider something heresy/sacrilegeReligious belief and experience seek/find/gain enlightenment/wisdom strengthen/lose your faith keep/practise/practice/abandon the faith save/purify/lose your soul obey/follow/keep/break/violate a commandment/Islamic law/Jewish law be/accept/do God’s will receive/experience divine grace achieve/attain enlightenment/salvation/nirvana undergo a conversion/rebirth/reincarnation hear/answer a prayer commit/confess/forgive a sin do/perform penance See related entries: Types of belief prayer
- 6[uncountable, countable] a short prayer that is usually said before a meal to thank God for the food Let's say grace. title
- 7 His/Her/Your Grace [countable] used as a title of respect when talking to or about an archbishop, a duke or a duchess Good Morning, Your Grace. Their Graces the Duke and Duchess of Kent. see also coup de grâce, saving grace Word Origin Middle English: via Old French from Latin gratia, from gratus