embrace


embrace

verb

Definition of EMBRACE

1
to put one's arms around and press tightly <upon being finally reunited, the overjoyed father embraced his son>
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>
Near Antonyms bare, denude, expose, strip
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>
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), embrace, lap (up)
Near Antonyms balk (at), decline, pass up, refuse, reject, spurn, throw over, turn down; demur (to), object (to)
5
to have as part of a whole <a course in social studies can embrace everything from sociology to civics and economics>
Antonyms exclude, leave (out), miss out [British], omit
6
to form a circle around <a sleepy village embraced by low hills>
Related Words circumscribe, close in, cordon (off), fence (in), hem (in), wall; beset, besiege, entrench (also intrench), invest, swarm

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