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embody

[em-bod-ee] /ɛmˈbɒd i/
verb (used with object), embodied, embodying.
1.
to give a concrete form to; express, personify, or exemplify in concrete form:
to embody an idea in an allegorical painting.
2.
to provide with a body; incarnate; make corporeal:
to embody a spirit.
3.
to collect into or include in a body; organize; incorporate.
4.
to embrace or comprise.
Also, imbody.
Origin of embody
1540-1550
First recorded in 1540-50; em-1 + body
Related forms
embodier, noun
preembody, verb (used with object), preembodied, preembodying.
reembody, verb (used with object), reembodied, reembodying.
well-embodied, adjective
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  • At last in desperation you embody it in a poem, an essay, a story.

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  • I had for some time thought about it, but had not attempted to embody the conception in a drawing.

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  • Yet the English have contrived to embody all these in one word, and that word my name!'

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  • Endeavor to embody in the laws of the community the spirit of equity and progress.

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  • We may read this cable wrong but it seems to us to embody a topsy-turvy tactic!

British Dictionary definitions for embody

embody

/ɪmˈbɒdɪ/
verb (transitive) -bodies, -bodying, -bodied
1.
to give a tangible, bodily, or concrete form to (an abstract concept)
2.
to be an example of or express (an idea, principle, etc), esp in action: his gentleness embodies a Christian ideal
3.
(often foll by in) to collect or unite in a comprehensive whole, system, etc; comprise; include: all the different essays were embodied in one long article
4.
to invest (a spiritual entity) with a body or with bodily form; render incarnate
Derived Forms
embodiment, noun
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Word Origin and History for embody
v.

1540s, in reference to a soul or spirit invested with a physical form; of principles, ideas, etc., from 1660s; from en- (1) "in" + body. Related: Embodied; embodying.

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