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

transitive verb

: to give a body to (a spirit) : incarnate
: to deprive of spirituality
: to make concrete and perceptible
: to cause to become a body or part of a body : incorporate
: to represent in human or animal form : personify
men who greatly embodied the idealism of American lifeA. M. Schlesinger born 1917
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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Word History

First Known Use

circa 1548, in the meaning defined at sense 1

Time Traveler
The first known use of embody was circa 1548

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“Embody.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/embody. Accessed 29 Nov. 2023.

Kids Definition


em·​body im-ˈbäd-ē How to pronounce embody (audio)
embodied; embodying
: to give definite form to
embodied her ideas in suitable words
: to cause to become a body or a part of a body or system
the Constitution embodies the fundamental laws of the United States
: to represent in visible form
a leader who embodies courage
embodier noun

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