embody

verb
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

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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

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From the red carpet to accepting the Trailblazer Award onstage, Janelle Monáe embodied power in more ways than one at Billboard's 13th annual Women in Music Awards last night in New York City. Lauren Valenti, Vogue, "Janelle Monáe Steps Out With a Next-Level Braid at the Billboard Women of the Year Event," 7 Dec. 2018 Bean has both a romance plot and an action plot, each embodied in a specific character. Noah Berlatsky, The Verge, "Netflix’s Disenchantment suggests the messy future of princess stories," 22 Aug. 2018 But the whole string of errors embodied in these warrant applications militates against applying the good-faith exception. Cyrus Farivar, Ars Technica, "Judge slams FBI for improper cellphone search, stingray use," 18 July 2018 Landing a job in today’s leading industries requires access to in-demand skills – whether advanced training in a science, technology, engineering, or math discipline or the critical thinking and clear communication embodied in a liberal arts degree. BostonGlobe.com, "Should Massachusetts drop tuition and fees for in-state students at its public colleges and universities?," 22 June 2018 The Afghan government and its foreign allies say talks must be Afghans talking directly to Afghans and that a settlement must preserve important advances, such as rights embodied in the Constitution. The Christian Science Monitor, "Clues of peace in Afghanistan," 15 June 2018 Getty Images After all, the female fantasies that romantic comedies often embody serve an important purpose. Cady Drell, Marie Claire, "Welcome to Rom-Com Week," 11 Feb. 2019 No hub embodies the A380 infrastructure challenge as much as Dubai International, the home of Emirates Airline. Robert Wall, WSJ, "Airports Worried the A380 Was Too Big. Turns Out, That Wasn’t the Problem.," 14 Feb. 2019 No one embodied the joyous energy of the collection better than Laverne Cox, who provided the show’s grand finale with an energetic performance in the style of Pat Cleveland. Janelle Okwodu, Vogue, "11 Honoré Shakes Up Fashion Week With Laverne Cox and a Size-Inclusive Cast of Model Stars," 7 Feb. 2019

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First Known Use of embody

circa 1548, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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embody

verb

English Language Learners Definition of embody

: to represent (something) in a clear and obvious way : to be a symbol or example of (something)
formal : to include (something) as a part or feature

embody

verb
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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