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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In Swiss uniforms, while celebrating with the Albanian eagle, the two players embody immigrant identity and self-expression — with all its hybridity, historical references and mishmash of allegiances. Ani Kokobobo, Washington Post, "For Albanians, it’s not just an eagle. Here’s the deeper story those World Cup fines.," 2 July 2018 Children languishing in the state’s dependency and delinquency system embody our inability to better govern. miamiherald, "Leigh-Ann Buchanan," 30 June 2018 As for the rest of the cast, the story called for an international team of scientists, so casting decisions really were based on the actors who best embodied the characters—race, age, gender, and similar considerations weren't really factors. Jennifer Ouellette, Ars Technica, "Nightflyers has the bloody body count we expect from George R.R. Martin," 29 Nov. 2018 Chip Somodevilla/Getty Images President Donald Trump’s fury over the Russia probe has just led to the ouster of the man who most embodies Trumpism — and who played a key role in Trump’s surprise election win in 2016. Alex Ward, Vox, "Jeff Sessions is out as attorney general," 7 Nov. 2018 John McCain was a great statesman, who embodied the idea of service over self. Halie Lesavage, Glamour, "Hillary Clinton, Barack Obama, Kirsten Gillibrand, and More Pay Tribute to John McCain," 26 Aug. 2018 Still, many observers here expect that Lopez Obrador, who embodies a robust nationalist tradition, will be less accommodating to U.S. interests than some of his predecessors. Patrick J. Mcdonnell, latimes.com, "Mexico's Lopez Obrador taps longtime loyalist as nominee for top diplomat and invites Trump to inauguration," 6 July 2018 Daniela was a woman of deep Christian faith who embodied the values of selflessness and unconditional love. Hartford Courant, courant.com, "Daniela Anulewicz," 3 July 2018 While the president has endorsed McMaster, Warren has positioned himself as the candidate who is the choice who more embodies the president himself. Meg Kinnard, BostonGlobe.com, "Hours before election, Trump campaigns for South Carolina governor," 26 June 2018

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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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