em·​body | \ im-ˈbä-dē How to pronounce embody (audio) \
embodied; embodying

Definition of embody

transitive verb

1 : to give a body to (a spirit) : incarnate
2a : 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

Other Words from embody

embodier noun

Examples of embody in a Sentence

The legislature embodied a revenue provision in the new law. they must embody their ideas in substantial institutions if they are to survive
Recent Examples on the Web Cronin said both Sharpe and Walker embody the mentality the franchise is looking for. oregonlive, 25 June 2022 So, dig deep, ask some tough questions and allow your firm to truly embody what drives you forward as a lawyer and as an entrepreneur. Alice Stephenson, Forbes, 17 June 2022 The calming blue color captures the spirit of the relaxing waves while the splashes of red embody the luxe atmosphere, which is known for being a playground for the rich and famous. Alexis Bennett, Vogue, 16 June 2022 Sandra Bloodworth, who heads the program that chooses art for the public transit system, said Cave's mosaics embody the experience commuters should have. Vladimir Duthiers, CBS News, 19 May 2022 Biographies necessarily reveal the ways even the most brilliant and accomplished subjects embody the contradictions and confusions of the rest of humanity. Cathy Curtis, The New York Review of Books, 21 Apr. 2022 Dana Walden, chairman of entertainment at Walt Disney Television, told Variety that the Kardashians embody Hulu’s programming strategy. Elizabeth Wagmeister, Variety, 20 Apr. 2022 Perhaps the best and most troubling proof of this proposition is in the realm of nuclear weapons—which embody all the properties of high-risk technological systems. Zia Mian, Scientific American, 8 Apr. 2022 Rotman loves how the Cavs embody the city’s spirit. Cameron Fields, cleveland, 19 Feb. 2022 See More

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First Known Use of embody

circa 1548, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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More Definitions for embody


em·​body | \ im-ˈbä-dē How to pronounce embody (audio) \
embodied; embodying

Kids Definition of embody

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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