to give a concrete form to; express, personify, or exemplify in concrete form: to embody an idea in an allegorical painting.
to provide with a body incarnate; make corporeal: to embody a spirit.
- Also imbody.
- em·bod·i·er, noun
- pre·em·bod·y, verb (used with object), pre·em·bod·ied, pre·em·bod·y·ing.
- re·em·bod·y, verb (used with object), re·em·bod·ied, re·em·bod·y·ing.
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How to use embody in a sentence
Ultimately, “Wayward Sisters”’ failed spinoff attempt embodied the Supernatural producers’ shortcomings rather than its creative evolution.Supernatural’s bonkers series finale marked the end of an era of fandom | Aja Romano | November 20, 2020 | Vox
The piecemeal rollout embodies many of the challenges in America’s coronavirus response.A covid-fighting tool is buried in your phone. Turn it on. | Geoffrey Fowler | November 20, 2020 | Washington Post
The Experiential Learning Center features hands-on activities that help you understand the rewards, challenges, community life and skill sets that embody Army life.New Army Museum highlights innovation and individual stories | Ann Cameron Siegal | November 11, 2020 | Washington Post
If you think about the way cities used to work a generation ago, there were these iconic figures that embodied the spirit of the city.‘Go in small with clear-eyed expectations’: How a crop of startups are trying to make for-profit local news work | Steven Perlberg | November 11, 2020 | Digiday
By all accounts, Trebek embodied these trivia ideals while also being a genuine and gracious human.Remembering Alex Trebek, The Man With All The Answers | Oliver Roeder | November 9, 2020 | FiveThirtyEight
Cannes, it would seem, still embodies the free spirit that has long drawn artists to the south.No Movie Stars, No Red Carpet, But Off-Season Cannes Is Still Magic | Liza Foreman | September 15, 2014 | THE DAILY BEAST
His celebrity status rivals, if not far surpasses, the Warholian persona that Koons embodies and embeds within his own work.
This book embodies the deep ambivalence of the Anglo-Irish, who no longer felt British, but were not accepted by the “natives.”
Every human being embodies the history of our species in the form of stuff inherited from the past.The Crazy Way Creationists Try To Explain Human Tails Without Evolution | Karl W. Giberson | June 1, 2014 | THE DAILY BEAST
Just like Kathleen Sebelius with Obamacare, V.A. chief Eric Shinseki now embodies the VA scandal.Why Dems Are Tripping Over Each Other to Push The V.A. Chief Out | Ben Jacobs, Tim Mak | May 29, 2014 | THE DAILY BEAST
The machine may not be perfectly constructed, but it embodies all the essential elements of the invention.Putnam's Handy Law Book for the Layman | Albert Sidney Bolles
This typical form of a paragraph embodies all that paragraphs may do, and it is the logical arrangement.English: Composition and Literature | W. F. (William Franklin) Webster
Like the apparition it embodies it had always been—and is still to-day even—more or less discredited.Masterpieces of Mystery, Vol. 1 (of 4) | Various
And this insinuation embodies one of the main defects of the race.Mexico | Charles Reginald Enock
Gerrans Bay, of course, embodies the name, and so do the remains of the entrenchment or camp at Dingerrein.The Cornwall Coast | Arthur L. Salmon
British Dictionary definitions for embody
to give a tangible, bodily, or concrete form to (an abstract concept)
to be an example of or express (an idea, principle, etc), esp in action: his gentleness embodies a Christian ideal
(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
to invest (a spiritual entity) with a body or with bodily form; render incarnate
- embodiment, noun
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