WordReference Random House Learner's Dictionary of American English © 2015
em•brace1 /ɛmˈbreɪs/USA pronunciation
v., -braced, -brac•ing,n.
to clasp in the arms;
hug: [~ + object]He embraced her and told her how glad he was to see her again.[no object]They embraced and kissed.
[~ + object] to accept or adopt willingly:I don't know whether they'll embrace your idea.
[not: be + ~-ing; ~ + object] to include or contain:The report embraced all aspects of the housing situation.
an encircling hug with the arms:She gave me a warm embrace.
Collins Concise English Dictionary © HarperCollins Publishers::
embrace /ɪmˈbreɪs/ vb (mainly tr)
- (also intr) (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
- to encircle or enclose
Etymology: 14th Century: from Old French embracier, from em- + brace a pair of arms, from Latin bracchia armsemˈbraceable adj emˈbracement n emˈbracer n
- the act of embracing
- (often plural) euphemistic sexual intercourse
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