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.

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

  • 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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