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noun grace pronunciation in British English /ɡreɪs/
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  1. 1
    [uncountable] a smooth and beautiful way of moving
    She moved with natural grace.
    1. a.
      a simple and beautiful quality
      the grace of Greek architecture
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  2. 2
    [uncountable] kind, polite, and fair behaviour
    She captures the character’s essential gentleness and grace.
    have the (good) grace to do something: He should have the grace to admit he was wrong.
    with (good/a good) grace (=in a pleasant and willing way): Davis accepted the defeat with good grace.
    with bad/a bad/an ill grace (=in an unpleasant and unwilling way): She responded with an ill grace to our appeal for help.
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  3. 3
    [singular/uncountable] a short prayer that some people say before they eat to thank God for the food
    Eric, would you like to say grace?
  4. 4
    [uncountable] according to religious belief, the love and kindness that God gives to people
    by/through God’s grace: It was only by God’s grace that we were saved.
  5. 5
    [uncountable] extra time that you have, or that someone allows you to have, in order to do something such as pay money that you owe
    Could you give me a couple of days’ grace to pay the rent?
  6. 6
    [countable] a grace note
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