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embrace

verb em·brace \ im-ˈbrās \

Definition of embrace

embraced; embracing
transitive verb
1 a :to clasp in the arms :hug
3 a :to take up especially readily or gladly
  • embrace a cause
b :to avail oneself of :welcome
  • embraced the opportunity to study further
4 a :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

embraceable

play \im-ˈbrā-sə-bəl\ adjective

embracement

play \im-ˈbrās-mənt\ noun

embracer

noun

embracingly

play \im-ˈbrā-siŋ-lē\ adverb

Examples of embrace in a Sentence

  1. They embraced one last time before going their separate ways.

  2. a politician who has been embraced by conservatives

  3. Charity embraces all acts of generous giving.

  4. It's a subject that embraces many areas of learning.

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Origin and Etymology of embrace

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

embrace Synonyms

Synonym Discussion of 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

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embrace

noun

Definition of embrace

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

Examples of embrace in a Sentence

  1. He held her in a warm embrace.

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First Known Use of embrace

1592


EMBRACE Defined for English Language Learners

embrace

verb

Definition of embrace for English Language Learners

  • : 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


embrace

noun

Definition of embrace for English Language Learners

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


EMBRACE Defined for Kids

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embrace

verb em·brace \ im-ˈbrās \

Definition of embrace for Students

embraced; embracing
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.

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embrace

noun

Definition of embrace for Students

:an act of holding in the arms :hug


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