bracket

bracket
1 noun (C)
1 (usually plural)
a) BrE also round bracket one of the pair of signs () put around words to show that the rest of the writing can be read and understood without these words; parenthesis AmE: in brackets: Last year's sales figures are given in brackets.
b) AmE square bracket AmE a sign like this that is square ()
c) angle bracket a sign like this that is shaped
-compare brace 2 (4)
2 income/tax/age etc bracket an income etc that is inside a particular range: Peter's new job puts him in the highest tax bracket.
3 a piece of metal, wood, or plastic, often in the shape of the letter L, fixed to a wall to support something such as a shelf
2 verb (T)
1 to put brackets around a written word, piece of information etc: Debit amounts are usually bracketed.
2 to consider two or more people or things as being the same type
(+ together/with): Women and minors were bracketed together for the legislation.

Longman dictionary of contemporary English. 2004.

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