1. the act of clasping another person in the arms (as in greeting or affection);
[syn: embrace, embracing, embracement]
2. the state of taking in or encircling;
- Example: "an island in the embrace of the sea"
3. a close affectionate and protective acceptance;
- Example: "his willing embrace of new ideas"
- Example: "in the bosom of the family"
[syn: embrace, bosom]
1. include in scope; include as part of something broader; have as one's sphere or territory;
- Example: "This group encompasses a wide range of people from different backgrounds"
- Example: "this should cover everyone in the group"
[syn: embrace, encompass, comprehend, cover]
2. squeeze (someone) tightly in your arms, usually with fondness;
- Example: "Hug me, please"
- Example: "They embraced"
- Example: "He hugged her close to him"
[syn: embrace, hug, bosom, squeeze]
3. take up the cause, ideology, practice, method, of someone and use it as one's own;
- Example: "She embraced Catholicism"
- Example: "They adopted the Jewish faith"
[syn: espouse, embrace, adopt, sweep up]
The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.48:
Embrace \Em*brace"\ ([e^]m*br[=a]s"), v. t. [Pref. em- (intens.) + brace, v. t.] To fasten on, as armor. [Obs.] --Spenser. [1913 Webster]The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.48:
Embrace \Em*brace"\, v. t. [imp. & p. p. Embraced ([e^]m*br[=a]st"); p. pr. & vb. n. Embracing ([e^]m*br[=a]"s[i^]ng).] [OE. embracier, F. embrasser; pref. em- (L. in) + F. bras arm. See Brace, n.] 1. To clasp in the arms with affection; to take in the arms; to hug. [1913 Webster] I will embrace him with a soldier's arm, That he shall shrink under my courtesy. --Shak. [1913 Webster] Paul called unto him the disciples, and embraced them. --Acts xx. 1. [1913 Webster] 2. To cling to; to cherish; to love. --Shak. [1913 Webster] 3. To seize eagerly, or with alacrity; to accept with cordiality; to welcome. "I embrace these conditions." "You embrace the occasion." --Shak. [1913 Webster] What is there that he may not embrace for truth? --Locke. [1913 Webster] 4. To encircle; to encompass; to inclose. [1913 Webster] Low at his feet a spacious plain is placed, Between the mountain and the stream embraced. --Denham. [1913 Webster] 5. To include as parts of a whole; to comprehend; to take in; as, natural philosophy embraces many sciences. [1913 Webster] Not that my song, in such a scanty space, So large a subject fully can embrace. --Dryden. [1913 Webster] 6. To accept; to undergo; to submit to. "I embrace this fortune patiently." --Shak. [1913 Webster] 7. (Law) To attempt to influence corruptly, as a jury or court. --Blackstone. Syn: To clasp; hug; inclose; encompass; include; comprise; comprehend; contain; involve; imply. [1913 Webster]The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.48:
Embrace \Em*brace"\, v. i. To join in an embrace. [1913 Webster]The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.48:
Embrace \Em*brace"\, n. Intimate or close encircling with the arms; pressure to the bosom; clasp; hug. [1913 Webster] We stood tranced in long embraces, Mixed with kisses. --Tennyson. [1913 Webster]Moby Thesaurus II by Grady Ward, 1.0:
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