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embrace

1
[ em-breys ]
/ ɛmˈbreɪs /
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verb (used with object), em·braced, em·brac·ing.

verb (used without object), em·braced, em·brac·ing.

to join in an embrace.

noun

an act or instance of embracing.

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Origin of embrace

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1300–50; Middle English, from Anglo-French, Old French embracier, equivalent to em- em-1 + bracier “to embrace,” derivative of brace “the two arms”; see brace

synonym study for embrace

7. See include.

OTHER WORDS FROM embrace

em·brace·a·ble, adjectiveem·brace·ment, nounem·brac·er, nounun·em·brace·a·ble, adjective

Definition for embrace (2 of 2)

embrace2
[ em-breys ]
/ ɛmˈbreɪs /

verb (used with object), em·braced, em·brac·ing.Law.

to attempt to influence (a judge or jury) through corrupt means.

Origin of embrace

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1400–1450; late Middle English: to influence, prejudice, bribe (a jury), perhaps the same word as embrace1, influenced by embrasen to set on fire (<Middle French embraser;see em-1, braise)

OTHER WORDS FROM embrace

em·brac·er, noun
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British Dictionary definitions for embrace (1 of 2)

embrace1
/ (ɪmˈbreɪs) /

verb (mainly tr)

noun

the act of embracing
(often plural) euphemistic sexual intercourse

Derived forms of embrace

embraceable, adjectiveembracement, nounembracer, noun

Word Origin for embrace

C14: from Old French embracier, from em- + brace a pair of arms, from Latin bracchia arms

British Dictionary definitions for embrace (2 of 2)

embrace2
/ (ɪmˈbreɪs) /

verb

(tr) criminal law to commit or attempt to commit embracery against (a jury, etc)

Word Origin for embrace

C15: back formation from embraceor
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