Definitions for embraceɛmˈbreɪs

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Random House Webster's College Dictionary

em•brace*ɛmˈbreɪs(v.; n.)-braced, -brac•ing

  1. (v.t.)to clasp in the arms; hug.

  2. to accept willingly:

    to embrace an idea.

  3. to adopt:

    to embrace a religion.

  4. to include or contain.

  5. (v.i.)to join in an embrace.

  6. (n.)an encircling hug with the arms.

* Syn: See include.

Origin of embrace:

1300–50; ME < AF, OF embracier=em-em -1+bracier to embrace

em•brac′er(n.)

Princeton's WordNet

  1. embrace, embracing, embracement(noun)

    the act of clasping another person in the arms (as in greeting or affection)

  2. embrace(noun)

    the state of taking in or encircling

    "an island in the embrace of the sea"

  3. embrace, bosom(verb)

    a close affectionate and protective acceptance

    "his willing embrace of new ideas"; "in the bosom of the family"

  4. embrace, encompass, comprehend, cover(verb)

    include in scope; include as part of something broader; have as one's sphere or territory

    "This group encompasses a wide range of people from different backgrounds"; "this should cover everyone in the group"

  5. embrace, hug, bosom, squeeze(verb)

    squeeze (someone) tightly in your arms, usually with fondness

    "Hug me, please"; "They embraced"; "He hugged her close to him"

  6. espouse, embrace, adopt, sweep up(verb)

    take up the cause, ideology, practice, method, of someone and use it as one's own

    "She embraced Catholicism"; "They adopted the Jewish faith"

Kernerman English Learner's Dictionary

  1. embrace(verb)ɛmˈbreɪs

    to hold in your arms; = hug

    He embraced her passionately.; They embraced and parted.

  2. embraceɛmˈbreɪs

    to enthusiastically accept

    Farming must embrace new scientific developments.

  3. embrace(noun)ɛmˈbreɪs

    an act of holding sb in your arms

    She held him in her strong embrace.

Wiktionary

  1. embrace(Noun)

    hug ; putting arms around someone

  2. embrace(Noun)

    enfolding, including

  3. embrace(Verb)

    hug, put arms around

  4. embrace(Verb)

    enfold, include (ideas, principles, etc)

  5. Origin: From embracen, from embracier, equivalent to . Influenced by umbracen, from um- + bracen.

Webster Dictionary

  1. Embrace(verb)

    to fasten on, as armor

  2. Embrace(noun)

    to clasp in the arms with affection; to take in the arms; to hug

  3. Embrace(noun)

    to cling to; to cherish; to love

  4. Embrace(noun)

    to seize eagerly, or with alacrity; to accept with cordiality; to welcome

  5. Embrace(noun)

    to encircle; to encompass; to inclose

  6. Embrace(noun)

    to include as parts of a whole; to comprehend; to take in; as, natural philosophy embraces many sciences

  7. Embrace(noun)

    to accept; to undergo; to submit to

  8. Embrace(noun)

    to attempt to influence corruptly, as a jury or court

  9. Embrace(verb)

    to join in an embrace

  10. Embrace(noun)

    intimate or close encircling with the arms; pressure to the bosom; clasp; hug

Freebase

  1. Embrace

    Embrace was a short-lived post-hardcore band from Washington, D.C., which lasted from the summer of 1985 to the spring of 1986 and was one of the first bands to be dubbed in the press as emotional hardcore, though the members had rejected the term since its creation. The band included Ian MacKaye of Minor Threat with three former members of his brother Alec's band The Faith: guitarist Michael Hampton, drummer Ivor Hanson, and bassist Chris Bald. Hampton and Hanson had also previously played together in S.O.A. The only recording released by the quartet was their self-titled album Embrace being influenced by The Faith EP Subject to Change. Following the breakup of Embrace, MacKaye rejoined former Minor Threat drummer Jeff Nelson to form Egg Hunt. Bald moved on to the band Ignition, and drummer Ivor Hanson paired up with Hampton again in 1992 for Manifesto. During the band's formative years, some fans started referring to them and fellow innovators Rites of Spring as emocore, a term vocalist Ian MacKaye publicly disagreed with.

British National Corpus

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    Rank popularity for the word 'embrace' in Verbs Frequency: #808


Translations for embrace

Kernerman English Multilingual Dictionary

embrace(noun)

a clasping in the arms; a hug

a loving embrace.

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