embody

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verb em·body \im-ˈbä-dē\

Definition of embody

embodied

embodying

  1. transitive verb
  2. 1 :  to give a body to (a spirit) :  incarnate

  3. 2 a :  to deprive of spirituality b :  to make concrete and perceptible

  4. 3 :  to cause to become a body or part of a body :  incorporate

  5. 4 :  to represent in human or animal form :  personify <men who greatly embodied the idealism of American life — A. M. Schlesinger b1917>

embodier

noun

Examples of embody in a sentence

  1. The legislature embodied a revenue provision in the new law.

  2. <they must embody their ideas in substantial institutions if they are to survive>

Circa 1548

First Known Use of embody

circa 1548


EMBODY Defined for English Language Learners

embody

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verb em·body \im-ˈbä-dē\

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


EMBODY Defined for Kids

embody

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verb em·body \im-ˈbä-dē\

Definition of embody for Students

embodied

embodying

  1. 1 :  to give form to <The poet embodied her ideas in words.>

  2. 2 :  to represent in visible form <The firefighters embodied courage during the disaster.>

  3. 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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