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Main Entry: 1brace
Pronunciation: primarystressbramacrs
Function: verb
Inflected Form(s): braced; brac·ing
Etymology: Middle English bracen "to fasten, bind," from early French bracer "to embrace," from brace "pair of arms," derived from Latin bracchium "arm" --related to BRACELET, BRASSIERE, EMBRACE --see Word History at EMBRACE
1 a : to make firm or tight b : to get ready : PREPARE <braced herself for the test>
2 : to furnish or support with a brace
3 : to give life or energy to : FRESHEN
4 : to place firmly <bracing his feet in the stirrups>
5 : to regain one's courage <brace up, all is not lost>

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