- 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.
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- 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: Middle English embracen ; from Old French embracier ; from Vulgar Latin an unverified form imbrachiare ; from Classical Latin im-, inch(es) plush brachium, an arm: see brace
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verb em·braced, em·brac·ing, em·brac·es verb, transitive
- To clasp or hold close with the arms, usually as an expression of affection.
- a. To surround; enclose: We allowed the warm water to embrace us.b. To twine around: a trellis that was embraced by vines.
- To include as part of something broader. See Synonyms at include.
- To take up 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: your embrace of Catholicism.
Origin: Middle English embracen, from Old French embracer : en-, in; see en-1 + brace, the two arms; see brace.
- em·braceˈa·ble adjective
- em·braceˈment noun