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

Definition of embrace

 (Entry 1 of 2)

transitive verb

1a : to clasp in the arms : hug
b : cherish, love
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

Keep scrolling for more

Other Words from embrace


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

Synonyms for embrace

Synonyms: Verb

Visit the Thesaurus for More 

Choose the Right Synonym for embrace


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.
See More
Recent Examples on the Web: Verb Besides prioritizing gun crimes, the strike forces will embrace intelligence sharing and prosecutions across jurisdictions, Justice Department officials said. Michael Balsamo, chicagotribune.com, 22 July 2021 Croom is half white and didn’t always embrace and connect with his Mexican side growing up. Omar Mamoon, San Francisco Chronicle, 22 July 2021 Besides prioritizing gun crimes, the strike forces will embrace intelligence sharing and prosecutions across jurisdictions, Justice Department officials said. Michael Balsamo, The Christian Science Monitor, 22 July 2021 Murphy advises us to try out new hairstyles, over-the-top outfits, and really embrace the outgoing vibes of the astrological lion. Elizabeth Gulino, refinery29.com, 20 July 2021 Another question is whether the industry — meaning stars, studios and publicists — will embrace a separate Globes body rejiggered in the way Boehly has proposed. Ryan Faughnder, Los Angeles Times, 20 July 2021 But Phoenix center Deandre Ayton said there's nothing left to do but embrace the current scenario. David Brandt, ajc, 18 July 2021 But Phoenix center Deandre Ayton said there's nothing left to do but embrace the current scenario. David Brandt, Star Tribune, 18 July 2021 The Milwaukee Bucks star is guided by a philosophy that many try to achieve: live in and embrace the present. Jeff Zillgitt, USA TODAY, 17 July 2021 Recent Examples on the Web: Noun Wall Street’s fresh embrace of the oil patch came when successful Covid-19 vaccine trials last November spurred a rebound in energy prices. Joe Wallace, WSJ, 15 July 2021 The order reflects the administration’s growing embrace of warnings by some economists that declining competition is hobbling the economy’s vitality. David Mccabe, New York Times, 9 July 2021 The other big news is Windows 11's embrace of Android apps, which will be coming to Windows via the Microsoft Store, Microsoft executives said. Mark Hachman, PCWorld, 24 June 2021 The era’s embrace of popular self-rule started, plainly enough, with the truly epic battle to win the franchise for the freedmen (as they were then known) emancipated from slavery during the Civil War. Chris Lehmann, The New Republic, 21 June 2021 Indeed, Amazon’s unbridled embrace of failure has included high-profile flops in consumer electronics. New York Times, 16 June 2021 Biden ran on promises to reverse his predecessor’s embrace of dictators. Ronan Farrow, The New Yorker, 17 June 2021 These final songs survive as beautiful conclusions to an album that candidly showcases Diamandis’s embrace of the ebbs and flows of her career and life. Wolfgang Ruth, Vulture, 14 June 2021 His right-wing religious partners declined to join a government that would rely on Arab parties’ support, but Mr. Netanyahu’s embrace of the tactic allowed his opponents to use it to replace him. Felicia Schwartz, WSJ, 13 June 2021

These example sentences are selected automatically from various online news sources to reflect current usage of the word 'embrace.' Views expressed in the examples do not represent the opinion of Merriam-Webster or its editors. Send us feedback.

See More

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

Keep scrolling for more

Learn More About embrace

Time Traveler for embrace

Time Traveler

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

See more words from the same century

Dictionary Entries Near embrace




See More Nearby Entries 

Statistics for embrace

Last Updated

25 Jul 2021

Cite this Entry

“Embrace.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/embrace. Accessed 3 Aug. 2021.

Style: MLA
MLACheck Mark Icon ChicagoCheck Mark Icon APACheck Mark Icon Merriam-WebsterCheck Mark Icon

Keep scrolling for more

More Definitions for embrace



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

More from Merriam-Webster on embrace

Nglish: Translation of embrace for Spanish Speakers

Britannica English: Translation of embrace for Arabic Speakers


Test Your Vocabulary

Dog Words Quiz

  • shiba puppy more or less demanding cuddles
  • Which of the following animals has a dog in its etymology?
How Strong Is Your Vocabulary?

Test your vocabulary with our 10-question quiz!

 AlphaBear 2

Spell words. Make bears.

Love words? Need even more definitions?

Subscribe to America's largest dictionary and get thousands more definitions and advanced search—ad free!