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verb     brace pronunciation in British English
Word Forms
present tense
present participlebracing
past tensebraced
past participlebraced
  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.

  4. 4
    [transitive] to support an object with a piece of wood, metal etc so that it does not fall down


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