- to take or clasp in the arms; press to the bosom; hug.
- to take or receive gladly or eagerly; accept willingly: to embrace an idea.
- to avail oneself of: to embrace an opportunity.
- to adopt (a profession, a religion, etc.): to embrace Buddhism.
- to take in with the eye or the mind.
- to encircle; surround; enclose.
- to include or contain: An encyclopedia embraces a great number of subjects.
- to join in an embrace.
- an act or instance of embracing.
Origin of embrace1
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- to attempt to influence (a judge or jury) through corrupt means.
Origin of embrace2
Examples from the Web for embrace
Is there any chance the potential 2016 hopeful will stand up to the right and embrace paid sick leave?Christie Blames Parents for Bad Economy
January 3, 2015
The question is will we see regime changes in both Hamas and Israel that embrace a lasting peace?In the Middle East, the Two-State Solution Is Dead
January 2, 2015
We happily hoist our egg nog in the air, embrace each other, and raise our out-of-tune voices in song.The Most Confusing Christmas Music Lyrics Explained (VIDEO)
December 24, 2014
For Sanders to do that, he said, “he would have to embrace a radically different form of politics.”Why the Left Loves Warren, But Won’t Swoon for Sanders
December 19, 2014
Branch helped women feel beautiful by encouraging them to embrace their natural selves as she had.Goodbye To A Natural Hair Guru: Miss Jessie's Cofounder Titi Branch Dead At 45
December 16, 2014
He submitted to her embrace, but scarcely spoke, and asked nothing about Corney.Weighed and Wanting
The feeling provoked by the embrace showed plainly in his next words.Within the Law
John struggled out of his Uncle's embrace and turned squarely to face him.The Foolish Lovers
St. John G. Ervine
When you are free of your cloak, Tony Cross, dismount and let us embrace.In the Valley
And under what pretence can you embrace the one, while you reject the other?
- (also intr) (of a person) to take or clasp (another person) in the arms, or (of two people) to clasp each other, as in affection, greeting, etc; hug
- to accept (an opportunity, challenge, etc) willingly or eagerly
- to take up (a new idea, faith, etc); adoptto embrace Judaism
- to comprise or include as an integral partgeology embraces the science of mineralogy
- to encircle or enclose
- the act of embracing
- (often plural) euphemistic sexual intercourse
- (tr) criminal law to commit or attempt to commit embracery against (a jury, etc)
Word Origin and History for embrace
mid-14c., from Old French embracer (12c., Modern French embrasser) "clasp in the arms, enclose; covet, handle, cope with," from en- "in" (see en- (1)) + brace, braz "the arms," from Latin bracchium (neuter plural brachia); see brace (n.). Related: Embraced; embracing; embraceable. Replaced Old English clyppan, also fæðm.
1590s, from embrace (v.).