Synonyms & Antonyms of embrace

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1 to put one's arms around and press tightly
  • upon being finally reunited, the overjoyed father embraced his son

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2 to surround or cover closely
  • the stone walls that embrace the monastery serve to symbolize its function as a retreat from an unquiet world

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3 to take for one's own use (something originated by another)
  • rap music came to be embraced by people who were far removed from the places where it originated

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4 to receive or accept gladly or readily
  • the exchange student was gratified to be so quickly embraced by people of the small rural community

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5 to have as part of a whole
  • a course in social studies can embrace everything from sociology to civics and economics

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6 to form a circle around
  • a sleepy village embraced by low hills

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Synonyms & Antonyms of embrace (Entry 2 of 2)

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How does the verb embrace differ from other similar words?

The words adopt and espouse are common synonyms of embrace. While all three words mean "to take an opinion, policy, or practice as one's own," embrace implies a ready or happy acceptance.

embraced the customs of their new homeland

When could adopt be used to replace embrace?

The meanings of adopt and embrace largely overlap; however, adopt implies accepting something created by another or foreign to one's nature.

forced to adopt new policies

Where would espouse be a reasonable alternative to embrace?

The synonyms espouse and embrace are sometimes interchangeable, but espouse adds an implication of close attachment to a cause and a sharing of its fortunes.

espoused the cause of women's rights

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

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“Embrace.” Thesaurus, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 19 Jan. 2022.

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