What does embrace mean?

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Princeton's WordNet

  1. embrace, embracing, embracementnoun

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

  2. embracenoun

    the state of taking in or encircling

    "an island in the embrace of the sea"

  3. embrace, bosomverb

    a close affectionate and protective acceptance

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

  4. embrace, encompass, comprehend, coververb

    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, squeezeverb

    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 upverb

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

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


  1. embracenoun

    hug ; putting arms around someone

  2. embracenoun

    enfolding, including

  3. embraceverb

    hug, put arms around

  4. embraceverb

    enfold, include (ideas, principles, etc)

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

Samuel Johnson's Dictionary

  1. Embracenoun

    Etymology: from the verb.

    Thames, the most lov’d of all the ocean’s sons
    By his old sire, to his embraces runs. John Denham.

  2. To EMBRACEverb

    Etymology: embrasser, French.

    Embrace again, my sons! be foes no more;
    Nor stain your country with her children’s gore. Dryden.

    I take it, your own business calls on you,
    And you embrace th’ occasion to depart. William Shakespeare.

    At first, her mother earth she holdeth dear,
    And doth embrace the world, and worldly things. Davies.

    They who are represented by the wise virgins, embraced the profession of the Christian religion, as the foolish virgins also had done. John Tillotson, Sermons.

    Low at his feet a spacious plain is plac’d,
    Between the mountain and the stream embrac’d. John Denham.

    Fenton, heav’n give thee joy!
    What cannot be eschew’d, must be embraced. William Shakespeare.

    If a man can be fully assured of any thing, without having examined, what is there that he may not embrace for truth? John Locke.

    Fleance, his son,
    Whose absence is no less material to me
    Than is his father’s, must embrace the fate
    Of that dark hour. William Shakespeare, Macbeth.

  3. To Embraceverb

    To join in an embrace.

    Let me embrace with old Vincentio;
    And wander we to see thy honest son,
    Who will of thy arrival be full joyous. William Shakespeare.


  1. Embrace

    Embrace is a song by Australian Electronic house band, Pnau. "Embrace" was released in August 2008 as the third and final single from the band's third studio album, Pnau (2007). The song was co-written by and features uncredited vocals by New Zealand singer songwriter Ladyhawke. "Embrace" peaked at number 55 on the ARIA Charts. The song was supported with an "Embrace Tour" along the Australian East Coast across August 2008.


  1. embrace

    Embrace is a verb that refers to the act of willingly accepting, supporting, or adopting something or someone. It entails the act of holding someone or something closely, figuratively or literally, indicating love, acceptance, or approval. It can also denote opening up to new ideas, experiences, or perspectives in a positive and enthusiastic manner.

Webster Dictionary

  1. Embraceverb

    to fasten on, as armor

  2. Embracenoun

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

  3. Embracenoun

    to cling to; to cherish; to love

  4. Embracenoun

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

  5. Embracenoun

    to encircle; to encompass; to inclose

  6. Embracenoun

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

  7. Embracenoun

    to accept; to undergo; to submit to

  8. Embracenoun

    to attempt to influence corruptly, as a jury or court

  9. Embraceverb

    to join in an embrace

  10. Embracenoun

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

  11. Etymology: [Pref. em- (intens.) + brace, v. t.]


  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.

Chambers 20th Century Dictionary

  1. Embrace

    em-brās′, v.t. to take in the arms: to press to the bosom with affection: to take eagerly or willingly: to comprise: to admit, adopt, or receive.—v.i. to join in an embrace.—n. an embracing: fond pressure in the arms.—ns. Embrace′ment; Embrac′er.—adjs. Embrac′ing, Embrac′ive.—adv. Embrac′ingly.—n. Embrac′ingness. [O. Fr. embracer (Fr. embrasser)—L. in, in, into, bracchium, an arm. See Brace.]

  2. Embrace

    em-brās′, v.t. (Spens.) to brace, to fasten, or bind:—pr.p. embrac′ing; pa.p. embraced′. [Em, in, and brace.]

Editors Contribution

  1. embrace

    To show affection and express love with our hands and body.

    She loved to embrace the children and adults alike.

    Submitted by MaryC on March 14, 2020  

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  1. Verbs Frequency

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

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  1. Chaldean Numerology

    The numerical value of embrace in Chaldean Numerology is: 4

  2. Pythagorean Numerology

    The numerical value of embrace in Pythagorean Numerology is: 2

Examples of embrace in a Sentence

  1. Lao Tzu:

    Manifest plainness, Embrace simplicity, Reduce selfishness, Have few desires.

  2. Goa Kerle:

    I am not telling you to embrace the truth, I am telling you to embrace yourself.

  3. Kahlil Gibran:

    The truly religious man does not embrace a religion and he who embraces one has no religion.

  4. Jeb Bush:

    The American experience works when people embrace a set of shared values, you come, you work hard, you embrace these values and you're as American as anybody that came on the Mayflower.

  5. Oscar Auliq-Ice:

    Let us embrace forgiveness's embrace, And let resentment find no space, For in its essence, we find our own light, Guiding us through the darkest night.

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    come out into view, as from concealment
    • A. emerge
    • B. disturb
    • C. fudge
    • D. doom

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