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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The group agreed that CEOs need to model such mentoring relationships and that much of the success of the workforce depends on a a group of middle managers that embody the values of the company and dedicate time to developing their employees. Erika Fry, Fortune, "How to Build a Thriving Multi-Generational Workforce," 12 June 2019 And mid-century is a perfect era that embodied so many of these ideologies: female empowerment, understanding of structure, and conveying structure in its most honest and raw portrayal through design. Lucia Tonelli, ELLE Decor, "Best Room Wins," 30 May 2019 For people with schizophrenia, avatars that embody a person's auditory hallucinations also show promise. Amy Ellis Nutt, Washington Post, "To Your Health newsletter," 2 July 2018 Oddly enough, the place that may best embody Anderson Valley’s iconoclastic spirit is its fanciest restaurant. Jody Rosen, Smithsonian, "This Secret Corner of California Is a Paradise for Lovers of Great Food and Top-Notch Wines," 14 June 2018 Luxe gym Equinox is opening a hotel in New York's new Hudson Yards neighborhood next year in a move that embodies the evolution of wellness travel. Kelli Kennedy, chicagotribune.com, "From celeb trainer workouts to cruises, 'wellness travel' is booming - and bringing in big money," 7 June 2018 Here, the five decidedly un-hillbilly spots that embody Nashville’s diverse music scene. Andrea Williams, Condé Nast Traveler, "5 Nashville Must-Visit Music Venues (For Folks Who Hate Country)," 18 May 2018 Executive Chef Adam Sheff creates small plates that embody the local influences and ingredients in newly innovative ways. Emily Lockwood, azcentral, "Andaz Scottsdale Resort and Spa," 23 Apr. 2018 Yep, the site is stocked with candles custom made to embody the odor of our beloved magical world. Kelsey Stiegman, Seventeen, "Muggles, You Need These Harry Potter Scented Candles in Your Life," 19 Mar. 2019

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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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