embody

verb em·body \ im-ˈbä-dē \
Updated on: 9 Dec 2017

Definition of embody

embodied; embodying
transitive verb
1 : to give a body to (a spirit) : incarnate
2 a : to deprive of spirituality
b : to make concrete and perceptible
3 : to cause to become a body or part of a body : incorporate
4 : to represent in human or animal form : personify
  • men who greatly embodied the idealism of American life
  • —A. M. Schlesinger born 1917

embodier

noun

Examples of embody in a Sentence

  1. The legislature embodied a revenue provision in the new law.

  2. they must embody their ideas in substantial institutions if they are to survive

Recent Examples of embody from the Web

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First Known Use of embody

circa 1548


EMBODY Defined for English Language Learners

embody

verb

Definition of embody for English Language Learners

  • : to represent (something) in a clear and obvious way : to be a symbol or example of (something)

  • : to include (something) as a part or feature


EMBODY Defined for Kids

embody

verb em·body \ im-ˈbä-dē \

Definition of embody for Students

embodied; embodying
1 : to give form to
  • The poet embodied her ideas in words.
2 : to represent in visible form
  • The firefighters embodied courage during the disaster.
3 : to make something a body or system or part of a body or system
  • The basic law of the United States is embodied in its constitution.


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