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

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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.
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Recent Examples on the Web: Verb Seventy-two percent of employees don’t fully understand or embrace their company strategy, according to IBM. Beth Jannery, Forbes, 20 Sep. 2021 But in Valdez, home games come with a minus -- one the Buccaneers embrace. Beth Bragg, Anchorage Daily News, 17 Sep. 2021 For Orji and for Willow, hair traumas led to their respective decisions to go without their tresses and embrace bale beauty. Essence, 15 Sep. 2021 The next step will be seeing whether the general public, and the academy’s members, will embrace the museum’s warts-and-all portrait. Los Angeles Times, 12 Sep. 2021 The performance brought a fun, youthful energy to the VMAs, encouraging the crowd to let loose and embrace their inner kid. Ellise Shafer, Variety, 12 Sep. 2021 Wiegandt is confident the right coach is in place for a new sport the campus community can embrace. Shannon Russell, The Courier-Journal, 7 Sep. 2021 Don’t be afraid to change plans or embrace new ideas. Tribune Content Agency, oregonlive, 6 Sep. 2021 If McKinley, who missed much of camp while working through a personal issue, can embrace the notion that the Browns really do believe in him and that the other shoe isn’t going to drop, his talent — specifically speed off the edge — will emerge. cleveland, 30 Aug. 2021 Recent Examples on the Web: Noun This individualist streak is one of the defining differences between the United States, in many ways still a conservative, frontier nation, and the social democracies of Europe with their greater embrace of communitarianism. Stephen Collinson With Shelby Rose, CNN, 26 July 2021 But White parents say their hometown was never racist - at least not until an obsession with race began infecting the school system through its embrace of CRT, an allegation school officials have denied. Hannah Natanson, Anchorage Daily News, 25 July 2021 But White parents say their hometown was never racist — at least not until an obsession with race began infecting the school system through its embrace of CRT, an allegation school officials have denied. Washington Post, 24 July 2021 Thanks to our recent embrace of virtual meetings, it's never been easier to connect with a financial adviser. Sara Rathner Nerdwallet, Star Tribune, 10 July 2021 For Dale, horror’s appeal, particularly for his generation of filmmakers, comes down to its embrace of originality. Nadine Zylberberg, New York Times, 15 June 2021 The Loudoun County school board has doubled down on its embrace of left-wing policies, including CRT, in recent months. Michael Ruiz, Fox News, 10 June 2021 Eleven Republicans joined with Democrats to strip Rep. Marjorie Taylor Greene (R., Ga.) of her committee assignments earlier this year over her past embrace of conspiracy theories after Mr. McCarthy had opted not to remove her from the panels. Eliza Collins, WSJ, 10 June 2021 The late Sheldon Adelson, a major GOP funder, broke with AIPAC in 2007 over its embrace of the two-state outcome. Ron Kampeas, sun-sentinel.com, 8 June 2021

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

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“Embrace.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/embrace. Accessed 26 Sep. 2021.

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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

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