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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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 This sale embodied its own kind of bleakness — that of hollow consumer empowerment, of corporate pleas for relevance, of family members too unfamiliar to pick out the right pair of shoes. Jamie Lauren Keiles, Vox, "The bleak hope of the day-after-Christmas sale," 27 Dec. 2018 With the time and freedom to establish personal relationships, and the ability to quickly test ideas for validation and further discovery, Invanti embodied a more grassroots and inexpensive version of the learn-quick-and-iterate model of innovation. Patrick Sisson, Curbed, "How a Midwest startup generator bursts the Bay Area tech bubble and solves real problems," 12 Dec. 2018 Buffy Summers embodied everything any 16-year-old heroine should be: fearless, curious, and strong-willed. Seventeen, "The 20 Greatest TV Teen Dramas of All Time," 4 Dec. 2018 In other words, a certain period of life will embody the essence of that House. Aliza Kelly Faragher, Allure, "The 12 Astrological Houses: Interpreting Your Birth Chart Beyond the Zodiac," 6 Oct. 2018 Beto embodies what is special about Texas, an energy and an integrity that is completely genuine. Kathleen Joyce, Fox News, "Willie Nelson to fans upset he's headlining rally for Dem Senate candidate: 'I don't care'," 19 Sep. 2018

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First Known Use of embody

circa 1548, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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The first known use of embody was circa 1548

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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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