em·​brace | \ im-ˈbrās How to pronounce embrace (audio) \
embraced; embracing

Definition of embrace

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transitive verb

1a : to clasp in the arms : hug
3a : to take up especially readily or gladly embrace a cause
b : to avail oneself of : welcome embraced the opportunity to study further
4a : to take in or include as a part, item, or element of a more inclusive whole charity embraces all acts that contribute to human welfare
b : to be equal or equivalent to his assets embraced $10

intransitive verb

: to participate in an embrace



Definition of embrace (Entry 2 of 2)

1 : a close encircling with the arms and pressure to the chest especially as a sign of affection : hug
2 : grip, encirclement in the embrace of terror
3 : acceptance her embrace of new ideas

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Other Words from embrace


embraceable \ im-​ˈbrā-​sə-​bəl How to pronounce embraceable (audio) \ adjective
embracement \ im-​ˈbrās-​mənt How to pronounce embracement (audio) \ noun
embracer noun
embracingly \ im-​ˈbrā-​siŋ-​lē How to pronounce embracingly (audio) \ adverb

Synonyms for embrace

Synonyms: Verb

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adopt, embrace, espouse mean to take an opinion, policy, or practice as one's own. adopt implies accepting something created by another or foreign to one's nature. forced to adopt new policies embrace implies a ready or happy acceptance. embraced the customs of their new homeland espouse adds an implication of close attachment to a cause and a sharing of its fortunes. espoused the cause of women's rights

include, comprehend, embrace, involve mean to contain within as part of the whole. include suggests the containment of something as a constituent, component, or subordinate part of a larger whole. the price of dinner includes dessert comprehend implies that something comes within the scope of a statement or definition. his system comprehends all history embrace implies a gathering of separate items within a whole. her faith embraces both Christian and non-Christian beliefs involve suggests inclusion by virtue of the nature of the whole, whether by being its natural or inevitable consequence. the new job involves a lot of detail

Examples of embrace in a Sentence

Verb They embraced one last time before going their separate ways. a politician who has been embraced by conservatives Charity embraces all acts of generous giving. It's a subject that embraces many areas of learning. Noun He held her in a warm embrace.
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Recent Examples on the Web: Verb But risk aversion hasn’t stopped other notoriously stuffy industries from embracing new technologies. Daniel Oberhaus, Wired, "Coming Soon: A Nuclear Reactor—With a 3D Printed Core," 15 May 2020 Players are not allowed to celebrate goals together, exchange high fives or embrace. Jim Reineking, USA TODAY, "Bundesliga season resumes Saturday: Here is what we know about soccer's return in Germany," 15 May 2020 Many in the crypto world hailed the news as a major milestone, pointing to the hundreds of millions of Reddit users who could potentially embrace digital currency. Jeff John Roberts, Fortune, "Reddit offers cryptocurrency: Is this a game changer?," 15 May 2020 Many on the policy left have embraced Medicare for All as the goal for health care reform. Dean Baker, The New Republic, "Building an Economy That Works Again," 14 May 2020 Though initially built to anticipate demand for resources, especially at hospitals, pandemic models have been embraced more broadly by policymakers forced to make decisions with little meaningful precedent for guidance. Washington Post, "The limits of smartphone data are on display as the country seeks to reopen," 14 May 2020 But where this offseason falls short of the college ideal, Hart would think his position group, as much as any, would embrace that fact. Jon Blau, Indianapolis Star, "NFL hopes drive IU football running backs," 13 May 2020 Kourtney Kardashian is not the only sister who’s embracing her body in a new way after having a child. Emily Tannenbaum, Glamour, "Kourtney Kardashian Just Said the Best Thing About Her Recent Weight Gain," 13 May 2020 Sullivan's order came after the government took the highly irregular step last Thursday of reversing its stance on Flynn's charges and embracing Flynn's move to dismiss his own guilty pleas. Anchorage Daily News, "U.S. judge puts hold on Justice Department move to dismiss Flynn guilty plea to hear outside challenges," 13 May 2020 Recent Examples on the Web: Noun Social distancing prevented them from reaching out and holding hands or comforting each other with an embrace. Georgea Kovanis, Detroit Free Press, "Life, death and love in the age of the coronavirus," 12 Apr. 2020 The duo left the game without five minutes remaining and shared an embrace at the end of the Mavericks’ bench. Callie Caplan, Dallas News, "Luka Doncic exudes confidence, comfort in return, sends Mavericks into All-Star break on postive note with win over Kings," 13 Feb. 2020 Jill Biden had introduced him at the campaign stop in New Hampshire on Monday before the two had an embrace and the former vice president praised his wife. Fox News, "Jill Biden steps in to usher husband's heckler out of room at New Hampshire event," 11 Feb. 2020 An embrace of these newish labor organizations could make the difference in November 2020. Eli Lehrer, National Review, "How the Trump Administration Should Help Nontraditional Labor Organizations," 7 Nov. 2019 For Gorman-McAdams, that represents a maturity for the category, and an embrace of what different vineyards can do best. Fortune, "White Bordeaux Wines Are Picking Up Steam. Here’s What You Should Know," 22 Sep. 2019 This first-time collaboration is a celebration of both brands’ fun sophistication; an energetic and youthful embrace of classic, timeless style. Lucia Tonelli, ELLE Decor, "Carolina Herrera and Cabana Just Released a Sophisticated, Pattern-Punched Tabletop Collection," 17 Sep. 2019 Last season ended with Garrett and To’oto’o sharing an embrace on the field at Cerritos College after Mater Dei defeated De La Salle in the Open Division state championship game. Darren Sabedra, The Mercury News, "The Fab Forty, No. 4: Meet De La Salle’s Mr. Do It All," 15 Aug. 2019 In many ways, the project feels like the future, an innovative embrace of Silicon Valley. Aarian Marshall, WIRED, "Transit Agencies Turn to Uber for the Last Mile," 29 June 2019

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First Known Use of embrace


14th century, in the meaning defined at transitive sense 1a


1592, in the meaning defined at sense 1

History and Etymology for embrace


Middle English, from Anglo-French embracer, from en- + brace pair of arms — more at brace entry 2

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The first known use of embrace was in the 14th century

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19 May 2020

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“Embrace.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/embrace. Accessed 29 May. 2020.

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English Language Learners Definition of embrace

 (Entry 1 of 2)

: to hold someone in your arms as a way of expressing love or friendship
: to accept (something or someone) readily or gladly
: to use (an opportunity) eagerly



English Language Learners Definition of embrace (Entry 2 of 2)

: the act of holding someone in your arms : the act of embracing someone


em·​brace | \ im-ˈbrās How to pronounce embrace (audio) \
embraced; embracing

Kids Definition of embrace

 (Entry 1 of 2)

1 : to hold in the arms : hug The old friends embraced each other.
2 : to surround on all sides Low hills embraced the valley.
3 : to accept readily or gladly She is always ready to embrace an opportunity.
4 : include Mathematics embraces arithmetic, algebra, and geometry.



Kids Definition of embrace (Entry 2 of 2)

: an act of holding in the arms : hug

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