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Meaning of embrace by Wiktionary Dictionary


    Alternative forms


    From Middle English embracen, from Old French embracier, equivalent to em- +‎ brace. Influenced by Middle English umbracen ( “to stretch out over, cover, engulf” ), from um- ( “around” ) + bracen ( “to brace” ) .


    • IPA: /ɪmˈbreɪs/, X-SAMPA: /Im"brEIs/
    • Rhymes: -eɪs


    embrace ( third-person singular simple present embraces present participle embracing, simple past and past participle embraced )

    1. hug, put arms around
    2. ( 隠喩的用法 ) enfold, include ( ideas, principles, etc )


    embrace ( plural: embraces )

    1. hug ( noun ); putting arms around someone
    2. ( 隠喩的用法 ) enfolding, including

Explanation of embrace by Wordnet Dictionary


    1. take up the cause, ideology, practice, method, of someone and use it as one's own

    2. She embraced Catholicism
    3. squeeze ( someone ) tightly in your arms, usually with fondness

    4. They embraced
    5. include in scope

    1. a close affectionate and protective acceptance

    2. his willing embrace of new ideas
    3. the act of clasping another person in the arms ( as in greeting or affection )

    4. the state of taking in or encircling

    5. an island in the embrace of the sea

    Definition of embrace by GCIDE Dictionary


    1. Embrace ( ĕmbrās ), v. t. [Pref. em- ( intens. ) + brace, v. t.] To fasten on, as armor. [Obs.] Spenser.

    2. Embrace, v. t. [imp. & p. p. Embraced ( ĕmbrāst ); p. pr. & vb. n. Embracing ( ĕmbrāsĭng ).] [OE. embracier, F. embrasser; pref. em- ( L. in ) + F. bras arm. See Brace, n.]
      1. To clasp in the arms with affection; to take in the arms; to hug.

      I will embrace him with a soldier's arm,

      That he shall shrink under my courtesy. Shak.

      Paul called unto him the disciples, and embraced them. Acts xx. 1.

      2. To cling to; to cherish; to love. Shak.

      3. To seize eagerly, or with alacrity; to accept with cordiality; to welcome. “I embrace these conditions.” “You embrace the occasion.” Shak.

      What is there that he may not embrace for truth? Locke.

      4. To encircle; to encompass; to inclose.

      Low at his feet a spacious plain is placed,

      Between the mountain and the stream embraced. Denham.

      5. To include as parts of a whole; to comprehend; to take in; as, “natural philosophy embraces many sciences”.

      Not that my song, in such a scanty space,

      So large a subject fully can embrace. Dryden.

      6. To accept; to undergo; to submit to. “I embrace this fortune patiently.” Shak.

      7. ( Law ) To attempt to influence corruptly, as a jury or court. Blackstone.

      Syn. -- To clasp; hug; inclose; encompass; include; comprise; comprehend; contain; involve; imply.

    3. Embrace v. i. To join in an embrace.

    4. Embrace, n. Intimate or close encircling with the arms; pressure to the bosom; clasp; hug.

      We stood tranced in long embraces,

      Mixed with kisses. Tennyson.