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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]