What does embody mean?

Definitions for embody
ɛmˈbɒd iem·body

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Princeton's WordNet

  1. incarnate, body forth, embody, substantiateverb

    represent in bodily form

    "He embodies all that is evil wrong with the system"; "The painting substantiates the feelings of the artist"

  2. embody, be, personifyverb

    represent, as of a character on stage

    "Derek Jacobi was Hamlet"

  3. embodyverb

    represent or express something abstract in tangible form

    "This painting embodies the feelings of the Romantic period"


  1. embodyverb

    To represent in a physical form; to incarnate or personify

    As the car salesperson approached, wearing a plaid suit and slicked-back hair, he seemed to embody sleaze.

  2. embodyverb

    To include or represent, especially as part of a cohesive whole


  1. embody

    To embody means to represent, generally in a physical form, an idea, quality, or concept. It can also refer to expressing, personifying, or exemplifying an idea or a principle. Additionally, it can mean including or containing something as a constituent part.

Webster Dictionary

  1. Embodyverb

    to form into a body; to invest with a body; to collect into a body, a united mass, or a whole; to incorporate; as, to embody one's ideas in a treatise

  2. Embodyverb

    to unite in a body, a mass, or a collection; to coalesce

Chambers 20th Century Dictionary

  1. Embody

    em-bod′i, Imbody, im-, v.t. to form into a body: to make corporeal: to make tangible: to express (an idea in words): to organise.—v.i. to unite in a body or mass.—p.adj. Embod′ied.—n. Embod′iment, act of embodying: state of being embodied: that in which something is embodied. [Em, in, and body.]

Military Dictionary and Gazetteer

  1. embody

    To form or collect into a body or united mass; as, to embody troops.

Surnames Frequency by Census Records


    According to the U.S. Census Bureau, Embody is ranked #138304 in terms of the most common surnames in America.

    The Embody surname appeared 121 times in the 2010 census and if you were to sample 100,000 people in the United States, approximately 0 would have the surname Embody.

    88.4% or 107 total occurrences were White.
    9.9% or 12 total occurrences were of Hispanic origin.

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British National Corpus

  1. Verbs Frequency

    Rank popularity for the word 'embody' in Verbs Frequency: #982

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  1. Chaldean Numerology

    The numerical value of embody in Chaldean Numerology is: 5

  2. Pythagorean Numerology

    The numerical value of embody in Pythagorean Numerology is: 1

Examples of embody in a Sentence

  1. Debasish Mridha, M.D.:

    Life is a gift, so appreciate it. Love is abundant, so share it. Enthusiasm is infectious, so spread it. Kindness is divine, so embody it. Peace is the only way, so embrace it. The earth is your home, so take care of it. Life is for happiness, so enjoy it.

  2. Ayanna Pressley:

    The remarks from the occupant of our White House --I will always refer to him as the occupant as he is only occupying space, and does not embody the grace, the empathy, the compassion, the integrity that that office requires and that the American people deserve.

  3. Don DeLillo:

    America is the world's living myth. There's no sense of wrong when you kill an American or blame America for some local disaster. This is our function, to be character types, to embody recurring themes that people can use to comfort themselves, justify themselves and so on. We're here to accommodate. Whatever people need, we provide. A myth is a useful thing.

  4. Formula One:

    The unique fragrances and bespoke F1 inspired bottles embody the dynamic qualities of the sport.

  5. Maddison Tenney:

    When I saw the angels, to me, it was more than just angels. It was this way to physically embody and refute the claims that God hates gay people.

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