embrace

verb
em·​brace | \im-ˈbrās \
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 \ adjective
embracement \ im-​ˈbrās-​mənt \ noun
embracer noun
embracingly \ im-​ˈbrā-​siŋ-​lē \ adverb

Synonyms & Antonyms for embrace

Synonyms: Verb

carry, comprehend, contain, encompass, entail, include, involve, number, subsume, take in

Antonyms: Verb

exclude, leave (out), miss out [British], omit

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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

And with a government in the undefined near future embracing nationalistic policies and suppressing its citizens’ language, the novel feels disturbingly contemporary. Constance Grady, Vox, "We read all 25 National Book Award finalists for 2018. Here’s what we thought.," 15 Nov. 2018 President Trump has questioned America’s role in Afghanistan, while reluctantly embracing a new strategy last year that increased U.S. troop levels in the country to 15,000. Dion Nissenbaum, WSJ, "U.S. Considers Asking Afghanistan to Suspend Presidential Election," 13 Nov. 2018 Between directing blockbusters like Star Trek and Star Wars: The Force Awakens, J.J. Abrams has spent the last few years eagerly embracing the latter point of view, producing outright B-movies through his company Bad Robot. Bryan Bishop, The Verge, "Overlord is a gloriously entertaining piece of B-movie schlock," 9 Nov. 2018 These brands show lingerie on different body types and embrace diversity. Jessica Andrews, Teen Vogue, "Potential Victoria's Secret Fashion Show Plus-Size, Transgender, and Disabled Models Speak Out," 8 Nov. 2018 Despite those trends, Kendall Square, which embraced its more urban context, nearly took off in the ’60s. Patrick Sisson, Curbed, "As top innovation hub expands, can straining local infrastructure keep pace?," 6 Nov. 2018 Eulogize your farewells, cosmic warrior — embracing forward motion requires acceptance of the past. Aliza Kelly Faragher, Allure, "What Your Sign's November Horoscope Predictions Mean for You," 28 Oct. 2018 Fan account, @bellahadidbrasil, posted the adorable video of Bella entering her party with The Weeknd, and the two embracing as her friends scream in excitement. Carolyn Twersky, Seventeen, "A Complete Timeline of Bella Hadid and The Weeknd's Relationship," 12 Oct. 2018 Nintendo has been embracing these seemingly contradictory impulses ever since the explosion of the Switch. David Grossman, Popular Mechanics, "Is Nintendo Planning a Case That Makes Phones Into Game Boys?," 5 Oct. 2018

Recent Examples on the Web: Noun

In fact, this casual embrace of high and low was evident among all the women. Harper's BAZAAR, "Crazy Rich Couture," 15 Aug. 2018 The embrace of traditional music isn't a sign that country is going backward. Tom Roland, Billboard, "Country's Roots Are Showing as New Releases Embrace Old-School Sounds," 11 July 2018 Wholehearted embrace of complicity might be more interesting. Daisy Fried, New York Times, "Sex, Death, Suffering and Surrealism, in New Books of Poetry," 6 July 2018 The ability to feel the loving embrace of a lover is a right every adult should be granted. Ben Guarino, ajc, "New report finds no evidence that having sex with robots is healthy," 5 June 2018 The ability to feel the loving embrace of a lover is a right every adult should be granted. Ben Guarino, BostonGlobe.com, "New report finds no evidence that having sex with robots is healthy," 5 June 2018 Rather, Hamas’s embrace of more peaceful action is tactical. The Economist, "The leader of Hamas in Gaza is the most influential man in Palestine," 26 May 2018 Its loving embrace of such an unhinged figure was an early sign that the Republican Party was far more willing to tolerate qualities once thought to be disqualifying for public life than many people understood. Benjamin Hart, Daily Intelligencer, "John McCain Regrets His Palin Pick for the Wrong Reasons," 5 May 2018 The new song may fuel critics who say West's embrace of Trump is nothing more than a publicity grab to plug upcoming material. Matt Rehbein, CNN, "Kanye West just released a new song defending his praise for Trump," 28 Apr. 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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More Definitions for embrace

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 \
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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