Brace : breɪs
1 : to get ready for something difficult or unpleasant
- [no object] (chiefly US) — usually + for
- The town is bracing for a busy tourist season.
We braced for the storm.
- Brace yourself. [=prepare yourself] I have some bad news.
— usually + for
- She braced herself for the news.
2 [+ object] : to give added physical support or strength to (something)
- He braced the gate with a piece of wood.
- Steel columns brace the structure.
3 a [+ object] : to support (yourself) by leaning against something or holding something
- She braced herself with one hand and reached up with the other.
- — often + against
- He braced himself against the wall.
3 b [+ object] : to place (something, such as your feet or hands) against something for support — usually + against
- He braced his foot against the wall.
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