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
Recent Examples on the Web How does an actor authentically and respectfully embody a legendary real-life singer on screen without it being seen as tribute act? Alex Ritman, Variety, 12 Apr. 2024 Those themes are embodied by 331 artists, most of whom will be unfamiliar to even seasoned art snobs. Zachary Small, New York Times, 10 Apr. 2024 The early stages of the Revolution have been disastrous for the Americans, and while some of the French are captivated by the spirit of liberty and freedom embodied by the fledgling nation, nobody in a position of power can so much as acknowledge Franklin’s existence, much less negotiate with him. Daniel Fienberg, The Hollywood Reporter, 10 Apr. 2024 Riley Scott, junior, Florence High School Riley Scott embodies the essence of dedication and leadership. Marcus Reichley, The Arizona Republic, 8 Apr. 2024 This color—call it gray-green, sage, or pale green—embodies the essence of renewal and tranquility, what the season is all about. Christianna Silva, Better Homes & Gardens, 8 Apr. 2024 Black excellence, pot princess of Prince George’s edition Cannabis wasn’t always in the plan for Wiseman, who in so many ways embodies Prince George’s storied, Black upper middle-class dreams. Lateshia Beachum, Washington Post, 7 Apr. 2024 Kid, meanwhile, perhaps inadvertently, embodies it in both belief and action. Siddhant Adlakha, TIME, 5 Apr. 2024 These women bring their life experiences, inside and out of fashion, to the runways, embodying the clothes in a different way. Laird Borrelli-Persson, Vogue, 5 Apr. 2024

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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 23 Apr. 2024.

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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