verb (used with object), embraced, embracing.
to take or clasp in the arms; press to the bosom; hug.
to take or receive gladly or eagerly; accept willingly:
to embrace an idea.
to avail oneself of:
to embrace an opportunity.
to adopt (a profession, a religion, etc.):
to embrace Buddhism.
to take in with the eye or the mind.
to encircle; surround; enclose.
to include or contain:
An encyclopedia embraces a great number of subjects.
verb (used without object), embraced, embracing.
to join in an embrace.
an act or instance of embracing.
verb (used with object), embraced, embracing. Law.
to attempt to influence (a judge or jury) through corrupt means.
verb (mainly transitive)
(also intransitive) (of a person) to take or clasp (another person) in the arms, or (of two people) to clasp each other, as in affection, greeting, etc; hug
to accept (an opportunity, challenge, etc) willingly or eagerly
to take up (a new idea, faith, etc); adopt: to embrace Judaism
to comprise or include as an integral part: geology embraces the science of mineralogy
to encircle or enclose
the act of embracing
(often pl) (euphemistic) sexual intercourse
(transitive) (criminal law) to commit or attempt to commit embracery against (a jury, etc)
mid-14c., from Old French embracer (12c., Modern French embrasser) “clasp in the arms, enclose; covet, handle, cope with,” from en- “in” (see en- (1)) + brace, braz “the arms,” from Latin bracchium (neuter plural brachia); see brace (n.). Related: Embraced; embracing; embraceable. Replaced Old English clyppan, also fæðm.
1590s, from embrace (v.).
[em-brey-siv] /ɛmˈbreɪ sɪv/ adjective 1. thoroughly or encompassing. 2. given to or caressing.
[em-branch-muh nt, -brahnch-] /ɛmˈbræntʃ mənt, -ˈbrɑntʃ-/ noun 1. a or ramification. 2. a . /ɪmˈbrɑːntʃmənt/ noun 1. the process of branching out, esp by a river 2. a branching out or ramification, as of a river or mountain range
[em-brang-guh l] /ɛmˈbræŋ gəl/ verb (used with object), embrangled, embrangling. 1. to embroil. /ɪmˈbræŋɡəl/ verb 1. (transitive) (rare) to confuse or entangle
[em-brey-zher] /ɛmˈbreɪ ʒər/ noun 1. (in fortification) an opening, as a loophole or crenel, through which missiles may be discharged. 2. Architecture. a splayed enlargement of a door or window toward the inner face of a wall. 3. Dentistry. the space between adjacent teeth. /ɪmˈbreɪʒə/ noun 1. (fortifications) an opening or indentation, as in a […]