embrace[em brās′, im-]
A mother embraces her son.
- An embrace is defined as a hug.
An example of an embrace is two people with their arms wrapped around each other.
- The definition of embrace is to hug, eagerly accept, or to be serious about starting something new.
- An example of embrace is when a mother hugs her child.
- An example of embrace is to be excited about a new job.
transitive verbembraced, embracing
- to clasp in the arms, usually as an expression of affection or desire; hug
- to accept readily; avail oneself of: to embrace an opportunity
- to take up or adopt, esp. eagerly or seriously: to embrace a new profession
- to encircle; surround; enclose: an isle embraced by the sea
- to include; contain: biology embraces botany and zoology
- to take in mentally; perceive: his glance embraced the scene
Origin of embraceMiddle English embracen ; from Old French embracier ; from Vulgar Latin an unverified form imbrachiare ; from Classical Latin im-, in + brachium, an arm: see brace
verbem·braced, em·brac·ing, em·brac·es
- To clasp or hold close with the arms, usually as an expression of affection.
- To surround or enclose: “the bold chalk ridge that embraces the prominences of Hambledon Hill” (Thomas Hardy).
- To include or contain as part of something broader. See Synonyms at include.
- To adopt or support willingly or eagerly: embrace a social cause.
- To avail oneself of: “I only regret, in my chilled age, certain occasions and possibilities I didn't embrace” (Henry James).
- An act of holding close with the arms, usually as an expression of affection; a hug.
- An enclosure or encirclement: caught in the jungle's embrace.
- Eager acceptance: his embrace of socialism.
Origin of embraceMiddle English embracen, from Old French embracer : en-, in; see en–1 + brace, the two arms; see brace.
(third-person singular simple present embraces, present participle embracing, simple past and past participle embraced)
- To clasp in the arms with affection; to take in the arms; to hug.
- To seize eagerly, or with alacrity; to accept with cordiality; to welcome.
- I wholeheartedly embrace the new legislation.
- To accept; to undergo; to submit to.
- To encircle; to encompass; to enclose.
- (figurative) To enfold, to include (ideas, principles, etc.); to encompass.
- Natural philosophy embraces many sciences.
- To fasten on, as armour.
- (law) To attempt to influence (a jury, court, etc.) corruptly.
- hug (noun); putting arms around someone.
- (metaphorical) enfolding, including.
From Middle English embracen, from Old French embracier, equivalent to em- + brace. Influenced by Middle English umbracen (“to stretch out over, cover, engulf”), from um- (“around”) + bracen (“to brace”).