embrace


1em·brace

verb \im-ˈbrās\

: to hold someone in your arms as a way of expressing love or friendship

: to accept (something or someone) readily or gladly

: to use (an opportunity) eagerly

em·bracedem·brac·ing

Full Definition of EMBRACE

transitive verb
1
a :  to clasp in the arms :  hug
b :  cherish, love
3
a :  to take up especially readily or gladly <embrace a cause>
b :  to avail oneself of :  welcome <embraced the opportunity to study further>
4
a :  to take in or include as a part, item, or element of a more inclusive whole <charity embraces all acts that contribute to human welfare>
b :  to be equal or equivalent to <his assets embraced $10>
intransitive verb
:  to participate in an embrace
embrace·able \-ˈbrā-sə-bəl\ adjective
em·brace·ment \-ˈbrās-mənt\ noun
em·brac·er noun
em·brac·ing·ly \-ˈbrā-siŋ-lē\ adverb

Examples of EMBRACE

  1. They embraced one last time before going their separate ways.
  2. a politician who has been embraced by conservatives
  3. Charity embraces all acts of generous giving.
  4. It's a subject that embraces many areas of learning.

Origin of EMBRACE

Middle English, from Anglo-French embracer, from en- + brace pair of arms — more at brace
First Known Use: 14th century

Related to EMBRACE

2embrace

noun

: the act of holding someone in your arms : the act of embracing someone

Full Definition of EMBRACE

1
:  a close encircling with the arms and pressure to the chest especially as a sign of affection :  hug
2
:  grip, encirclement <in the embrace of terror>
3
:  acceptance <her embrace of new ideas>

Examples of EMBRACE

  1. He held her in a warm embrace.

First Known Use of EMBRACE

1592

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