em·​body | \im-ˈbä-dē \
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 24th’s Full Moon carries the magic of embodied worthiness to your table. Bess Matassa, Teen Vogue, "Monthly Lovescopes September 2018," 1 Sep. 2018 These characters rarely had any lines, were stripped of any internal dialogue, and often embodied anti-Asian racist stereotypes. Yerin Kim, Seventeen, "How "Crazy Rich Asians" Is Making History as a Romantic Comedy," 9 Aug. 2018 Kondo says the design is based on three principles: The box must be perfect for storage, make the items stored inside happy (listen for their screaming otherwise?), and embody the essence of the KonMari method. Bridget Hallinan, Condé Nast Traveler, "Marie Kondo's Revolutionary New Product Is...a Shoebox," 24 July 2018 This grilled bok choy salad embodies your favorite sweet and savory oriental flavors – without the grease of typical takeout dishes. Danielle Page, USA TODAY, "Inventive summer salads for a fresh take on dinner," 2 July 2018 His name is spelled in all capital letters, which embodies his power in the ring. Justin Barrasso, SI.com, "Week in Wrestling: John Cena on What Made WrestleMania 34 Special, His New Animated Series," 30 May 2018 Sessions says Masters embodies that quality and will speak to Toyota employees at the private event on Thursday, July 12 about the importance of pursuing their individual dreams and passions. Kirby Adams, The Courier-Journal, "It's a big week for Olympic athletes from Kentucky returning home," 6 July 2018 Justice Kennedy believes in the principles that are embodied in our Constitution and in our democratic form of government. Nancy L. Combs, Vox, "An optimist and yet a realist: a former clerk to Justice Kennedy considers his legacy," 30 June 2018 Nigeria were sloppy during the first half and their limp performance in the opening 45 minutes was embodied by Uzoho's blunder, the Deportivo La Coruna goalie allowing Kane's central strike to slip from his grasp. SI.com, "England 2-1 Nigeria: Three Lions Best Super Eagles Thanks to Kane & Cahill Strikes," 2 June 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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English Language Learners Definition of embody

: to represent (something) in a clear and obvious way : to be a symbol or example of (something)

: to include (something) as a part or feature


em·​body | \im-ˈbä-dē \
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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