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.
  • to accept or adopt willingly[+ object]I don't know whether they'll embrace your idea.
  • to include or contain[not: be + ~-ing; ~ + object]The report embraced all aspects of the housing situation.

  • n. [countable]
  • an encircling hug with the arms:She gave me a warm embrace.

  • WordReference Random House Unabridged Dictionary of American English © 2015
    em•brace1  (em brās), 
    v., -braced, -brac•ing, n. 

  • to take or clasp in the arms;
    press to the bosom;
  • 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;
  • to include or contain:An encyclopedia embraces a great number of subjects.

  • v.i. 
  • to join in an embrace.

  • n. 
  • an act or instance of embracing.
  • Etymology:
    • Anglo-French, Old French embracier, equivalent. to em- em-1 + bracier to embrace, derivative of brace the two arms; see brace
    • Middle English 1300–50
    em•bracea•ble, adj. 
    em•bracement, n. 
    em•bracer, n. 
    2 . adopt, espouse, welcome. 3 . seize. 7 . comprise, cover, embody. See include.  7 . exclude.
    em•brace2  (em brās), 
    v.t., -braced, -brac•ing. [Law.]
    1. Lawto attempt to influence (a judge or jury) through corrupt means.
    • Middle French embraser; see em-1, braise)
    • late Middle English: to influence, prejudice, bribe (a jury), perh. the same word as embrace1, influenced by embrasen to set on fire ( 1400–1450
    em•bracer, n. 

    Collins Concise English Dictionary © HarperCollins Publishers::

    embrace /ɪmˈbreɪs/ vb (mainly tr)
    1. (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
    2. to accept (an opportunity, challenge, etc) willingly or eagerly
    3. to take up (a new idea, faith, etc); adopt: to embrace Judaism
    4. to comprise or include as an integral part
    5. to encircle or enclose
    1. the act of embracing
    2. (often plural) euphemistic sexual intercourse
    Etymology: 14th Century: from Old French embracier, from em- + brace a pair of arms, from Latin bracchia arms

    emˈbraceable adj emˈbracement n emˈbracer n

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