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
Recent Examples on the Web But talk about the teen’s future embodied the purpose of home visits for high-schoolers. Perry Stein, Washington Post, "D.C. schools try to meet students where they live," 15 Sep. 2019 Living with Google's latest creation for a few days embodied the cognitive dissonance of being a gadget guy in 2019. Geoffrey A. Fowler, Houston Chronicle, "Google is always listening. Now it's watching, too, with the Nest Hub Max.," 9 Sep. 2019 The John Ross Show in his college stomping grounds Ross' first half embodied his young NFL career. Tyler Dragon, Cincinnati.com, "Analysis: What we learned in Cincinnati Bengals' loss to Seattle Seahawks in NFL Week 1," 8 Sep. 2019 Those 24 hours in February embodied a bittersweetness that guided Nagy and the Bears through the offseason to Thursday night’s season opener against the Packers. Rich Campbell, chicagotribune.com, "Matt Nagy’s balancing act: How the Coach of the Year blended success, failure and an epic offseason itinerary into his message to the 2019 Bears," 2 Sep. 2019 The young women, who were cast because of their involvement in debate at their respective New York City schools, embodied the future generations who would face down the country’s unmet promises. New York Times, "What ‘The Constitution’ Meant to Two Teenage Performers," 26 Aug. 2019 Both firms embodied social values that, even at the time, were uptight. The Economist, "What companies are for," 22 Aug. 2019 Katie just embodied perfect summer vibes (again) in a gorgeous summery Ulla Johnson dress. Katherine J Igoe, Marie Claire, "Katie Holmes Has Been Quietly Living Her Own Kind of Hot Girl Summer," 16 Aug. 2019 The pronouncement embodied the climate-friendly marketing of e-scooter companies like Lime and Bird. Los Angeles Times, "Electric scooters are good for the environment, right? Here’s why it’s not so simple," 2 Aug. 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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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


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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