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acr. (context military US English) (w: Base Realignment and Closure Commission)


Brač (; local Chakavian: Broč, ; , ; ) is an island in the Adriatic Sea within Croatia, with an area of , making it the largest island in Dalmatia, and the third largest in the Adriatic. It is separated from the mainland by the Brač Channel, which is wide. The island's tallest peak, Vidova gora, or Mount St. Vid, stands at 780 m, making it the highest island point in the Adriatic. The island has a population of 13,956, living in numerous settlements, ranging from the main town Supetar, with more than 3,300 inhabitants, to Murvica, where less than two dozen people live. Bol Airport on Brač is the largest airport of all islands surrounding Split.


Brac may refer to:

  • Brač, an island of Croatia
  • Brač (instrument), a type of tamburica, a lute-like instrument popular in South and East Europe
  • Brac, Poland, a village near Drawno in Pomerania

BRAC, an international development organisation based in Bangladesh, is the largest non-governmental development organisation in the world, in terms of number of employees as of June 2015. Established by Sir Fazle Hasan Abed in 1972 after the independence of Bangladesh, BRAC is present in all 64 districts of Bangladesh as well as other countries in Asia, Africa, and the Americas.

BRAC employs over 100,000 people, roughly 70 percent of whom are women, reaching more than 126 million people. The organisation is 70-80% self-funded through a number of commercial enterprises that include a dairy and food project and a chain of retail handicraft stores called Aarong. BRAC maintains offices in 14 countries throughout the world, including BRAC USA and BRAC UK.

BRAC considers itself to have a unique philosophy towards eradicating poverty. As one author has said, "BRAC's idea was simple yet radical: bring together the poorest people in the poorest countries and teach them to read, think for themselves, pool their resources, and start their own businesses". Sir Fazle Hasan Abed strongly believed that poverty alleviation could be achieved only through an improvement to multiple issues plaguing a country, which explains the vast range of programmes that BRAC is involved in. Furthermore, his conviction that poverty amelioration could only be sustained through greater equality in gender roles led BRAC to heavily advocate women’s rights and the improvement of women's welfare.

In April 2009, Freedom from Want, a book that traces the evolution of BRAC by author Ian Smillie, was published by Kumarian Press.

Usage examples of "brac".

Oga asked, looking at Brac, her own healthy son who had just fallen asleep.

Ayla stood with her feet apart braced against the strong current surging around her legs, her eye on Brun waiting for his signal.

         Shortly after the men left in the morning, Oga left Brac with Ebra and Uka and the three started out.

When she heard Brac scream, she didn't think of the consequences, she just reached for her sling, quickly grabbed two pebbles, and hurled them.

He had no doubt Brac would not be alive if Ayla had not killed the hyena.

They knew Ayla was inexperienced, and though they had little choice but to allow the girl to treat Brac, they were concerned.

Ayla had not only saved Brac's life, she had assured his useful existence.

It doesn't matter, it was still wrong, but if she hadn't taught herself to use a sling, Brac would be dead, too.

For a hunter to be killed by a meat eater is one thing, but Brac is a baby.

She knew it was wrong for her to hunt, kept her secret hidden for three years, but she didn't hesitate when Brac's life was in danger.

I think Brun really meant it when he said he was grateful to me for saving Brac's life.

         Broud noticed Ayla sitting with the women and frowned when he saw her examine Brac and hold him in her lap.

         If the part of Brac's spirit she carries dies with Ayla, is it really so much of him to lose?

         For two days they struggled through putrid, mosquito-infested swamps of brackish water, broken through by occasional channels, before they reached the mainland.

She wasn't much older than Ayla was when she set Brac's, but a woman and mated.