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 While the Phantom is finished in Arctic White and the Dawn in Bright Red, the Tempus edition also introduce a new bespoke Kairos blue, which Rolls says was created to embody the darkness and mystery of space. Basem Wasef, Robb Report, 12 July 2021 The film’s odd tone — propulsive yet melancholy, cutting yet reflective — seems to embody the fact that nothing ever stays the same. Bilge Ebiri, Vulture, 2 July 2021 Contrary to previous seasons, this go-round the brands inaugural drop is expected to embody striking colors and illustrations to create multi-use and style combos with assorted pieces of garments and of course, bags and accessories. Danielle Wright, Essence, 30 June 2021 After years of striving, contorting, and adapting to strict workplaces that rarely encouraged him-let alone made space for him-to fully embody all of his identities, Martinez isn't negotiating or stretching to fit anyone's expectations but his own. Jesse Sparks, Better Homes & Gardens, 17 June 2021 The leaders seemed to embody this sense of time being paused. Tom Mctague, The Atlantic, 14 June 2021 As usual, the goods featured are 29 items that were purchased the most last month — and, in some small way, embody our general states of mind during that time. Elizabeth Buxton, refinery29.com, 3 Mar. 2021 In a shot of Joji looking at his masked face in the mirror, the covering bypasses its medical function to embody his amoral and criminal self-concealment. Richard Brody, The New Yorker, 1 June 2021 Aarons’s fabricated origin story seems part of a fraught tradition of American self-reinvention, as embodied in Jay Gatsby or Don Draper, fictional characters who erased humble or traumatic childhoods and came to embody high living. Lesley M.m. Blume, Town & Country, 28 May 2021

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First Known Use of embody

circa 1548, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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“Embody.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/embody. Accessed 27 Jul. 2021.

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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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