embody[em bäd′ē, im-]
- To embody is defined as to represent in bodily form or to bring together as a whole.
- An example of to embody is for a person to have the qualities of trust and honesty.
- An example of to embody is to include input from all students in making classroom rules.
transitive verbembodied, embodying
- to give bodily form to; make corporeal; incarnate
- to give definite, tangible, or visible form to; make concrete: a speech embodying democratic ideals
- to bring together into an organized whole: the laws embodied in a legal code
- to make part of an organized whole; incorporate: the latest findings embodied in the new book
transitive verbem·bod·ied, em·bod·y·ing, em·bod·ies
- To give a bodily form to; incarnate.
- To represent in bodily or material form: “As John Adams embodied the old style, Andrew Jackson embodied the new” (Richard Hofstadter).
- To make part of a system or whole; incorporate: laws that embody a people's values.
(third-person singular simple present embodies, present participle embodying, simple past and past participle embodied)
- To represent in a physical form; to incarnate or personify
- As the car salesman approached, wearing a plaid suit and slicked-back hair, he seemed to embody sleaze.
- To include or represent, especially as part of a cohesive whole
- The US Constitution aimed to embody the ideals of diverse groups of people, from Puritans to Deists.
- The principle was recognized by some of the early Greek philosophers who embodied it in their systems.