Definition of embody
1 : to give a body to (a spirit) : incarnate
2a : to deprive of spiritualityb : 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
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 of embody from the Web
Lisbon embodies quintessential European charm, sophisticated yet unintimidating all at once.
Freedom of speech embodies not only the right to speak, but also its corollary: the right not to speak.
Enid has learned to embody the best version of David's mother.
Cron said his troop depends on its independence and leadership from its Scouts and that the twins have also grown to embody those principles.
If old-school Lara Croft embodies much of what's wrong with female representation in an interactive medium that as of 2016 counts over 40% of its adherents as women, new-school Lara Croft has plenty to say about what's right.
The Coulter faction's principal loyalty is to the ideas Trump embodied during the campaign.
Yet, its Palapas Roll embodies all that is holy about the style.
Day-Lewis embodied Acting with a capital A, embracing all of its finicky pretense.
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First Known Use of embody
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Definition of embody for English Language Learners
: 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
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Definition of embody for Students
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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