embrace

verb
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

embrace

noun

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

Verb

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

bear-hug, clasp, crush, enclasp, enfold, grasp, hug, strain

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Verb

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

Use the hashtag #ComeAsYouAre on Instagram and constantly try to encourage self-respect, support others, and embrace your genuine self on the platform. Carolyn Twersky, Seventeen, "5 Body Positive Influencers Share How They Learned to Love Their Bodies," 26 Feb. 2019 Princess Leonore is officially a full five years old, and seems to be embracing her new Florida lifestyle nicely. Chloe Foussianes, Town & Country, "Princess Leonore Just Turned 5, and the Swedish Royal Family Celebrated by Sharing a Sweet New Photo," 21 Feb. 2019 The Lord of the Rings alum proposed to the pop star on Valentine's Day with a unique (and sizable) flower-shaped ring, featuring a deep pink center stone embraced by a ring of eight smaller diamonds. Erica Gonzales, Harper's BAZAAR, "Katy Perry's Engagement Ring from Orlando Bloom Has a Surprising Link to Princess Diana," 16 Feb. 2019 They were embraced by the upper class and later, in the 19th century, were adopted by the French Navy in the form of the iconic Breton-striped top. Katharine K. Zarrella, WSJ, "To Make Stripes Feel Fresh, Layer Them Wantonly," 31 Jan. 2019 But now it’s become recognized and embraced by a much bigger crowd. Luke Leitch, Vogue, "Still Rad After All These Years: Tony Hawk Launches a Line in Paris," 19 Jan. 2019 On some level, Gritty seems to embody the spirit of Philadelphia, a city known at once for brotherly love and for the beloved fictional boxer Rocky, the kind of working-class scrapper who has been embraced by a city full of working-class scrappers. Todd Vanderwerff, Vox, "Gritty’s evolution from googly-eyed hockey mascot to meme to leftist avatar, explained," 24 Dec. 2018 Brands like Wrangler and L.L. Bean are aligned with narratives that play on myths of the West and the frontier, which are notably the embraced by the Republican right. Roxanne Adamiyatt, Town & Country, "Cambridge Analytica Targeted L.L. Bean and Wrangler Customers in the 2016 Presidential Election," 30 Nov. 2018 The forces align and momentum builds Johnson’s push for public transit funding would, in some form or another, be embraced by the next three presidents, Nixon, Ford, and Carter. Patrick Sisson, Curbed, "Public transit’s missed opportunity," 20 Nov. 2018

Recent Examples on the Web: Noun

Wake in my loving family’s embrace, make coffee & breakfast 4 the kiddos with my wife. Emma Dibdin, Country Living, "A Complete Guide to Chad Michael Murray's Relationships," 4 Nov. 2018 So how does an adult embrace the holiday without disregarding design? Lilah Ramzi, Vogue, "Can Halloween Home Decor Be Chic? These Items Make the Case," 26 Oct. 2018 West’s embrace of Trump — a president whose policies actively harm marginalized groups and especially Black Americans) — is indicative of his beliefs. Jenn M. Jackson, Teen Vogue, "Kanye West Is What Internalized Racism and Misogyny Looks Like," 17 Oct. 2018 Charlotte and Asuka embrace in the ring after a match for the ages 11. Nick Schwartz, For The Win, "The 32 best moments from WrestleMania 34," 9 Apr. 2018 There is no surviving, much less thriving, without the region’s embrace of Baltimore. Dan Rodricks, baltimoresun.com, "An Opening Day for baseball, and for Baltimore," 29 Mar. 2018 And then, as sudden as that embrace, the feel-good ended. Fletcher Page, The Courier-Journal, "Kentucky basketball's 'rewarding season' ends inexcusably a week too soon | Fletcher Page," 23 Mar. 2018 Saudi Arabia is engaged in an ongoing diplomatic crisis with Qatar, one of Turkey’s allies, and Riyadh doesn’t agree with Turkey’s embrace of political Islam or its close ties to the Muslim Brotherhood. Alexia Underwood, Vox, "Saudi journalist Jamal Khashoggi’s mysterious disappearance, explained," 9 Oct. 2018 Psychological flexibility begins with an embrace of the moment. Elizabeth Bernstein, WSJ, "How to Live With the Pain of Loss, Without Going Numb," 20 Aug. 2018

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First Known Use of embrace

Verb

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

Noun

1592, in the meaning defined at sense 1

History and Etymology for embrace

Verb

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

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embrace

verb

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

embrace

noun

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

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

embrace

verb
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.

embrace

noun

Kids Definition of embrace (Entry 2 of 2)

: an act of holding in the arms : hug

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