- 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 embracing
Soon enough, Castro turned his back on those ideals, embracing Soviet style communism.Cuba Is A Kleptocracy, Not Communist
December 19, 2014
The important thing about embracing success, they say, is not to rest on your laurels.OK Go Is Helping Redefine the Music Video For the Internet Age
December 15, 2014
On her own path, though, the “relationship know-it-all” is embracing her own, different natural progression.Confessions of a Rom-Com Writer: Liz Tuccillo Talks ‘Sex and the City,’ ‘Take Care,’ and More
December 5, 2014
Embracing those fleeing war in the Middle East would come at a high political, economic, and (potentially) public health cost.Pope Bids Refugees to EU ‘Bienvenido’; Europe Says ‘Non’
November 30, 2014
She attacks the modern Environmental Defense Fund for embracing markets and corporate partners.Naomi Klein’s ‘This Changes Everything’ Will Change Nothing
November 17, 2014
The whole theatre would know that he had been embracing the girl!The Foolish Lovers
St. John G. Ervine
It admits of but one attribution, and that embracing an identical proposition.Life: Its True Genesis
R. W. Wright
Do you suppose there is any hope of your embracing the Faith?
We were all embracing each other, and shedding tears of joy.
Was it reasonable to keep on quarreling when the whole village was embracing?The Fte At Coqueville
- (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 embracing
1590s, from embrace (v.).
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.