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

The Bears, at least, are fully embracing this internally. Rich Campbell, chicagotribune.com, "The end of the Bears' spring practices starts Chicago's summer of anticipation — is it September yet?," 14 June 2019 Soft rock went out of favor, then back in favor, as a new generation of listeners embraced the pleasure of McDonald’s, untroubled by the weird style wars of the previous century. John Adamian, courant.com, "Soulful Michael McDonald and Chaka Khan at Foxwoods," 14 June 2019 Community involvement is encouraged and associates embrace charities such as the Walk to End Alzheimer’s, a firmwide cause. Leigh Farr, azcentral, "Ranking of the 2019 Top Companies to Work for in Arizona: Large Company Category," 13 June 2019 Learn to swim this summer and embrace the principles of pool safety. Do it for Greg. Byron Mccauley, Cincinnati.com, "The fatal drowning rate for black kids is stark. History is part of that.," 13 June 2019 Norway’s sovereign-wealth fund is embracing renewable energy and winding down fossil-fuel investments. Dieter Holger, WSJ, "Norway’s Sovereign-Wealth Fund Boosts Renewable Energy, Divests Fossil Fuels," 12 June 2019 But Employ America is embracing an unusual moment in the politics of central banking. Jeanna Smialek, New York Times, "Trump Isn’t Alone. These Millennials on the Left Want Low Interest Rates, Too.," 12 June 2019 Miranda Lambert is embracing her new life as a wife and stepmom! Joelle Goldstein, PEOPLE.com, "Miranda Lambert Opens Up About Blending Lives with Husband Brendan McLoughlin and Being a Stepmom," 7 June 2019 As others campaign as outsiders catering to those who feel aggrieved by the political system, Biden is embracing his four decades in national politics as an asset. Philip Elliott / Concord, Time, "Joe Biden Is on Top of the Democratic Primary Field. How Does He Stay There?," 5 June 2019

Recent Examples on the Web: Noun

His son, Justin, ran out of the dugout for an embrace. Paul Sullivan, chicagotribune.com, "The Cubs-White Sox City Series greatest hits, including the Kick, the Rant and the Punch," 15 June 2019 This is Indian 101, a soothing glide path for beginners and a comforting embrace for those, like me, who have fond memories of cozy Indian restaurants in London and Manhattan decades ago. Michael Mayo, sun-sentinel.com, "Review: Bombay Darbar brings some new flavor (Indian) to Las Olas," 13 June 2019 This alarming, clanging moment is followed by many hands reaching in to free the character before her father comes in close with a hugging embrace and a frantic call to action. Sam Machkovech, Ars Technica, "Call of Duty: Modern Warfare," 30 May 2019 When Linux arrived on the Anniversary Edition three years ago, it was considered one of the more revolutionary aspects of Windows—a surprising embrace of the open-source operating system that Microsoft had once resisted. Mark Hachman, PCWorld, "Microsoft debuts new Terminal app, next-gen Windows Subsystem for Linux for power users," 6 May 2019 Her portrayal of Queen Anne is compelling, and made all the better for her embrace of the abject. Chloe Foussianes, Town & Country, "Olivia Colman Is the Latest British Star to Make it Stateside," 3 Jan. 2019 Since then, Zinke has attracted attention mostly for his zealous embrace of Trump’s energy agenda. Evan Osnos, The New Yorker, "Trump vs. the “Deep State”," 14 May 2018 Toyota The automaker is an original inspiration to Ries for its pioneering embrace of lean manufacturing techniques, including small batch sizes, rapid iteration, and seeking input from workers. Adam Lashinsky, Fortune, "5 Big Companies Practicing ‘The Startup Way’," 22 Feb. 2018 And now, the actress is revealing that fans have Reese Witherspoon to thank for her late embrace of social media. Stephanie Petit, PEOPLE.com, "Natalie Portman Says Reese Witherspoon Taught Her to Use Instagram: 'I Feel Like a Grandmother'," 12 Feb. 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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