Brace - definition, pronunciation, transcription

Amer.  |breɪs|  American pronunciation of the word brace
Brit.  |breɪs|  British pronunciation of the word brace


- a support that steadies or strengthens something else
he wore a brace on his knee
- two items of the same kind (syn: couple, couplet, distich, duet, duo, dyad, pair, span, twain, twosome, yoke)
- a set of two similar things considered as a unit (syn: pair)
- either of two punctuation marks ({ or }) used to enclose textual material
- a rope on a square-rigged ship that is used to swing a yard about and secure it
- elastic straps that hold trousers up (usually used in the plural) (syn: suspender)
- an appliance that corrects dental irregularities (syn: braces)
- a carpenter's tool having a crank handle for turning and a socket to hold a bit for boring
- a structural member used to stiffen a framework (syn: bracing)


- prepare (oneself) for something unpleasant or difficult (syn: poise)
- support or hold steady and make steadfast, with or as if with a brace (syn: stabilize, steady)
brace your elbows while working on the potter's wheel
- support by bracing
- cause to be alert and energetic (syn: arouse, energize, stimulate)

Extra examples

He braced the gate with a piece of wood.

Steel columns brace the structure.

She braced herself with one hand and reached up with the other.

We need to add some sort of brace to hold the shelf in place.

He could walk with braces on his legs.

She wears a back brace.

They gave you toils, but toils your sinews brace.

The old house was leaning at a dangerous angle and had to be braced up with heavy pieces of wood.

Nancy braced herself for the inevitable arguments.

The military needs to brace itself for further spending cuts, says McCoy.

Cathy braced herself to see Matthew, who she expected to arrive at any minute.

The base was braced for an attack.

Gina braced her back against the wall and pushed as hard as she could.

The pilot told passengers and crew to brace themselves for a rough landing.

Wait until we've braced the ladder.

Phrasal verbs

brace up  — make secure underneath

Word forms

I/you/we/they: brace
he/she/it: braces
present participle: bracing
past tense: braced
past participle: braced
singular: brace
plural: braces
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