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

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

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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.
Recent Examples on the Web: Verb For one more day, London is the center of the world; then Britain should embrace the beauty of its autumn days. Tom Mctague, The Atlantic, 18 Sep. 2022 Ultimately, that may not even matter as much as the fact that Warner Bros. should embrace it. WIRED, 18 Sep. 2022 GitLab, a software development platform with more than 1,700 employees in 65 countries, said remote work is here to stay so companies should embrace flexibility. Danielle Abril, Anchorage Daily News, 1 Sep. 2022 Businesses should embrace candidates who bring diverse attitudes and thought leadership. Expert Panel®, Forbes, 18 Aug. 2022 Seoul's military hardware provides a less expensive but extremely capable alternative to Washington's weapons systems and that's something the US should embrace, the University of Sydney researchers said. Brad Lendon And Gawon Bae, CNN, 17 Aug. 2022 The Republican Party should unabashedly embrace a platform of Christian nationalism, Rep. Marjorie Taylor Greene (R-Ga.) said last week in an interview with a conservative website. Joel Mathis, The Week, 26 July 2022 Only this time, there was more of Jackson to embrace. Jonas Shaffer, Baltimore Sun, 16 June 2022 Just don’t expect your life with your gadgets to change overnight if companies really do embrace the change. Chris Velazco, Washington Post, 10 June 2022 Recent Examples on the Web: Noun Following the ballet, June and Luke enjoy a warm embrace and a rare moment of happiness in the city square. Matt Cabral, EW.com, 14 Sep. 2022 On the red carpet, Lily James ran over to Himesh Patel, where the Yesterday costars shared a big embrace. Sydney Odman, The Hollywood Reporter, 13 Sep. 2022 The former costars shared a big embrace before doing some kung fu moves. Stephanie Wenger, Peoplemag, 12 Sep. 2022 During the appearance, Meghan connected with a 14-year-old girl who gave her a warm embrace. Chelsey Sanchez, Harper's BAZAAR, 12 Sep. 2022 Another video showed the Duchess of Sussex sharing a warm embrace with a teen girl, who later spoke with CNN about the sweet moment. Emily Tannenbaum, Glamour, 11 Sep. 2022 The scene then cuts to an adorable clip of the eldest Kardashian and the musician sharing a warm embrace in Italy just outside a cathedral, with passersby unaware of the high-profile celebrities in their midst. Starr Bowenbank, Billboard, 29 Aug. 2022 About an hour later, Price arrived at his nephew’s house on Linnard Street and gave him a long, heartfelt embrace on the sidewalk. Darcy Costello, Baltimore Sun, 8 Aug. 2022 And the production’s final image is a reprise of its first: again, twin fetuses, but this time in seemingly peaceful embrace. New York Times, 7 Aug. 2022 See More

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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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More Definitions for embrace


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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