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embrace

verb

Synonyms and Antonyms of embrace

  1. 1 to put one's arms around and press tightly <upon being finally reunited, the overjoyed father embraced his son> Synonyms bear-hug, clasp, crush, enclasp, enfold, grasp, hug, strain Related Words clamp, cling, cradle, grab, grip, hold; bosom, embosom, encircle, entwine, envelop, enwind; fold, lock, twine, wrap; cuddle, fondle, nestle, nuzzle, pat, pet, snuggle, stroke

  2. 2 to surround or cover closely <the stone walls that embrace the monastery serve to symbolize its function as a retreat from an unquiet world> Synonyms bosom, bower, circumfuse, cocoon, embosom, embower, enfold, enclose (also inclose), encompass, enshroud, enswathe, envelop, enwrap, invest, involve, lap, mantle, muffle, shroud, swathe, veil, wrapRelated Words curtain, drape; embed (also imbed), encase; swaddle; blanket, overlay, overspread; camouflage, cloak, disguise, mask; circle, encircle, enlace, enwindNear Antonyms bare, denude, expose, strip

  3. 3 to take for one's own use (something originated by another) <rap music came to be embraced by people who were far removed from the inner cities where it originated> Synonyms borrow, adopt, espouse, take on, take upRelated Words domesticate, naturalize; appropriate, arrogate, take over, usurp; absorb, assimilate, incorporate, quote; cherish, prize, treasure; cultivate, follow, heed, honor; use, utilize; bring up, foster, nurture, raise, rear; affect, assume, copy, imitate, pretend, put on, simulateNear Antonyms abandon, forsake, give up, relinquish, surrender; abjure, abnegate, disown; reject, renounce, repudiate, spurn; discard, jettison, junk, throw away, throw out

  4. 4 to receive or accept gladly or readily <the exchange student was gratified to be so quickly embraced by people of the small rural community> Synonyms drink (in), eat (up), welcome, lap (up)Related Words adopt, espouse, take up; greet, hail; enjoy, like, prefer; cherry-pick, choose, cull, decide (on), elect, handpick, name, opt (for), pick, select, single (out), takeNear Antonyms balk (at), decline, pass up, refuse, reject, spurn, throw over, turn down; demur (to), object (to)

  5. 5 to have as part of a whole <a course in social studies can embrace everything from sociology to civics and economics> Synonyms carry, comprehend, contain, include, encompass, entail, involve, number, subsume, take inRelated Words comprise, consist (of); bracket; have, hold, own, possess; admit, receive; compose, constitute, form, make; assimilate, embody, incorporate, integrateNear Antonyms ban, bar, debar, preclude, prevent, prohibit; deny, refuse, reject; eliminate, except, rule out; lose, mislay, misplaceAntonyms exclude, leave (out), miss out [British], omit

  6. 6 to form a circle around <a sleepy village embraced by low hills> Synonyms circle, compass, surround, encircle, enclose (also inclose), encompass, environ, gird, girdle, ring, wreatheRelated Words circumscribe, close in, cordon (off), fence (in), hem (in), wall; beset, besiege, entrench (also intrench), invest, swarm





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