embody

[em-bod-ee]

verb (used with object), em·bod·ied, em·bod·y·ing.

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.
to collect into or include in a body; organize; incorporate.
to embrace or comprise.

Nearby words

  1. emblematist,
  2. emblematize,
  3. emblements,
  4. emblemize,
  5. embodiment,
  6. embolden,
  7. embole,
  8. embolectomy,
  9. embolic,
  10. embolism

Also imbody.

Origin of embody

First recorded in 1540–50; em-1 + body

Related formsem·bod·i·er, nounpre·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.well-em·bod·ied, adjective

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British Dictionary definitions for embody

embody

verb -bodies, -bodying or -bodied (tr)

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 actionhis gentleness embodies a Christian ideal
(often foll by in) to collect or unite in a comprehensive whole, system, etc; comprise; includeall the different essays were embodied in one long article
to invest (a spiritual entity) with a body or with bodily form; render incarnate
Derived Formsembodiment, noun

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Word Origin and History for embody

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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