brace

brace
1 verb
1 (T) to prepare for something unpleasant that is going to happen: brace yourself for: Nancy braced herself for the inevitable arguments. | brace yourself to do: Jean, you'd better brace yourself to hear bad news. | be braced for: The entire castle was braced for an attack.
2 (T) to push part of your body against something solid in order to make yourself more steady: brace sth against: Gina braced her foot against the wall and pulled herself up. | brace yourself: Before he could brace himself she'd shoved him out of the door.
3 (T) to make something stronger by supporting it: Wait until we've braced the ladder.
4 (I, T) to make your body or part of your body stiff in order to prepare to do something difficult: Stuart braced his muscles and heaved the fridge aside.
2 noun
1 TEETH
a) brace BrE braces especially AmE a connected set of wires that children sometimes wear on their teeth to make them straight
b) (C) BrE a wire frame that children sometimes have to put over their teeth to make them straight
2 SUPPORT
a) (C) something that is used to strengthen, stiffen, or support something: Cath had to wear a neck brace after the accident.
b) (countable usually plural) AmE a metal support that someone with weak legs wears to help them walk; callipers BrE
3 a brace of sth two birds or animals that have been killed for food or sport
4 PRINTED SIGN one of a pair of signs < > used to show that information written between them should be considered together
-compare bracket 1 (1)
5 braces BrE two long pieces of material that stretch over someone's shoulders and fasten to their trousers at the front and the back to stop them falling down; suspenders AmE

Longman dictionary of contemporary English. 2004.

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