embody

verb
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

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The courage award is given annually to those who embody the spirit of namesake and tennis legend Arthur Ashe. Lindsay Kimble, PEOPLE.com, "Boston Celtics Legend Bill Russell Receives the Arthur Ashe Courage Award at the 2019 ESPYs," 10 July 2019 But he’s no longer in a one-on-one fight against a Clinton who embodied the party establishment, now competing with nearly two dozen rivals. Melissa Gomez, latimes.com, "Who are the Democratic candidates for president?," 8 July 2019 Two ambitious politicians who embodied Connecticut's scrappy underdog spirit, flamed out in scandal and crawled back -- partially, anyway -- into the statewide spotlight. Michael Hamad, courant.com, "Capitol Watch Podcast: Welcome to Corrupticut, part four," 4 July 2019 This video is part of the Black Magic Project, which focuses on people who embody the resilient and empowering legacy of the black community. al.com, "50 years after Stonewall, black transwomen fight for change in Birmingham," 28 June 2019 Soon, Karl Kauffmann, their co-ace junior righty who embodied the program’s resurgence as part of the matured recruiting class of 2016, would allow a game-tying home run. Anthony Fenech, Detroit Free Press, "Inside Michigan baseball's crushing CWS loss, and why there's hope for future," 27 June 2019 Tom Waits as Hermit Bob, a long-hair dropout resembling Bert Lahr’s Cowardly Lion, is a homeless scavenger and community pet who embodies the oxymoron Democratic Socialist. Armond White, National Review, "The Dead Don’t Die: Climate-Change Comedy for the Alexandra Ocasio-Cortez Era," 14 June 2019 Mac Rebennack, the pianist, singer, songwriter and producer better known as Dr. John, who embodied the New Orleans sound for generations of music fans, died Thursday. Gavin Edwards, SFChronicle.com, "Dr. John, pianist-singer who popularized New Orleans sound, dies," 7 June 2019 Tony Cenicola/The New York Times Mac Rebennack, the pianist, singer, songwriter and producer better known as Dr. John, who embodied the New Orleans sound for generations of music fans, died on Thursday. Gavin Edwards, New York Times, "Dr. John, of Voodoo Beads, Feathers and New Orleans Sound, Dies at 77," 6 June 2019

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First Known Use of embody

circa 1548, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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embody

verb

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

embody

verb
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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