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verb brace pronunciation in British English /breɪs/
Word Forms
present tense
present participlebracing
past tensebraced
past participlebraced
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  1. 1
    [intransitive/transitive] to get ready for something unpleasant
    brace yourself for something: I braced myself for the results of my blood test.
    brace yourself to do something: Smith braced himself to give her the bad news.
    be braced for something: Financial markets are braced for another turbulent week.
    brace for: The city is bracing itself for the hurricane.
  2. 2
    [transitive] to push your body, or a part of it, against something solid and strong in order to support yourself or to avoid falling
    She braced herself against the wall.
    brace yourself/something against something: He braced his foot against the door so she couldn’t open it.
  3. 3
    [intransitive/transitive] to make your body, or a part of it, stiff and strong in order to do something that needs a lot of physical effort
    He faced the angry crowd, his arms folded, his legs braced.
    brace for: The passengers were told how to brace for the crash.


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