WordReference Random House Learner's Dictionary of American English © 2017
em•brace1 /ɛmˈbreɪs/USA pronunciation
v., -braced, -brac•ing, n. v.
WordReference Random House Unabridged Dictionary of American English © 2017
- 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.
- an encircling hug with the arms:She gave me a warm embrace.
(em brās′),USA pronunciation v., -braced, -brac•ing, n. v.t.
- 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;
- to include or contain:An encyclopedia embraces a great number of subjects.
- to join in an embrace.
- an act or instance of embracing.
- 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
- 2.See corresponding entry in Unabridged adopt, espouse, welcome.
- 3.See corresponding entry in Unabridged seize.
- 7.See corresponding entry in Unabridged comprise, cover, embody. See include.
(em brās′),USA pronunciation v.t., -braced, -brac•ing. [Law.]
- 7.See corresponding entry in Unabridged exclude.
- 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
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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