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em·brace

 (ĕm-brās′)
v. em·braced, em·brac·ing, em·brac·es
v.tr.
1. To clasp or hold close with the arms, usually as an expression of affection.
2. To surround or enclose: "the bold chalk ridge that embraces the prominences of Hambledon Hill" (Thomas Hardy).
3. To include or contain as part of something broader. See Synonyms at include.
4. To adopt or support willingly or eagerly: embrace a social cause.
5. To avail oneself of: "I only regret, in my chilled age, certain occasions and possibilities I didn't embrace" (Henry James).
v.intr.
To join in an embrace.
n.
1. An act of holding close with the arms, usually as an expression of affection; a hug.
2. An enclosure or encirclement: caught in the jungle's embrace.
3. Eager acceptance: his embrace of socialism.

[Middle English embracen, from Old French embracer : en-, in; see en-1 + brace, the two arms; see brace.]

em·brace′a·ble adj.
em·brace′ment n.
em·brac′er n.

embrace

(ɪmˈbreɪs)
vb (mainly tr)
1. (also intr) (of a person) to take or clasp (another person) in the arms, or (of two people) to clasp each other, as in affection, greeting, etc; hug
2. to accept (an opportunity, challenge, etc) willingly or eagerly
3. to take up (a new idea, faith, etc); adopt: to embrace Judaism.
4. to comprise or include as an integral part: geology embraces the science of mineralogy.
5. to encircle or enclose
n
6. the act of embracing
7. (often plural) euphemistic sexual intercourse
[C14: from Old French embracier, from em- + brace a pair of arms, from Latin bracchia arms]
emˈbraceable adj
emˈbracement n
emˈbracer n

embrace

(ɪmˈbreɪs)
vb
(Law) (tr) criminal law to commit or attempt to commit embracery against (a jury, etc)
[C15: back formation from embraceor]

em•brace

(ɛmˈbreɪs)

v. -braced, -brac•ing,
n. v.t.
1. 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.
v.i.
5. to join in an embrace.
n.
6. an encircling hug with the arms.
[1300–50; Middle English < Anglo-French, Old French embracier=em- em-1 + bracier to embrace]
em•brace′a•ble, adj.
em•brace′ment, n.
em•brac′er, n.
syn: See include.

embrace


Past participle: embraced
Gerund: embracing

Imperative
embrace
embrace
Present
I embrace
you embrace
he/she/it embraces
we embrace
you embrace
they embrace
Preterite
I embraced
you embraced
he/she/it embraced
we embraced
you embraced
they embraced
Present Continuous
I am embracing
you are embracing
he/she/it is embracing
we are embracing
you are embracing
they are embracing
Present Perfect
I have embraced
you have embraced
he/she/it has embraced
we have embraced
you have embraced
they have embraced
Past Continuous
I was embracing
you were embracing
he/she/it was embracing
we were embracing
you were embracing
they were embracing
Past Perfect
I had embraced
you had embraced
he/she/it had embraced
we had embraced
you had embraced
they had embraced
Future
I will embrace
you will embrace
he/she/it will embrace
we will embrace
you will embrace
they will embrace
Future Perfect
I will have embraced
you will have embraced
he/she/it will have embraced
we will have embraced
you will have embraced
they will have embraced
Future Continuous
I will be embracing
you will be embracing
he/she/it will be embracing
we will be embracing
you will be embracing
they will be embracing
Present Perfect Continuous
I have been embracing
you have been embracing
he/she/it has been embracing
we have been embracing
you have been embracing
they have been embracing
Future Perfect Continuous
I will have been embracing
you will have been embracing
he/she/it will have been embracing
we will have been embracing
you will have been embracing
they will have been embracing
Past Perfect Continuous
I had been embracing
you had been embracing
he/she/it had been embracing
we had been embracing
you had been embracing
they had been embracing
Conditional
I would embrace
you would embrace
he/she/it would embrace
we would embrace
you would embrace
they would embrace
Past Conditional
I would have embraced
you would have embraced
he/she/it would have embraced
we would have embraced
you would have embraced
they would have embraced
ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
Noun1.embrace - the act of clasping another person in the arms (as in greeting or affection)embrace - the act of clasping another person in the arms (as in greeting or affection)
cuddle, nestle, snuggle - a close and affectionate (and often prolonged) embrace
hug, clinch, squeeze - a tight or amorous embrace; "come here and give me a big hug"
clutch, clutches, grip, hold, clasp, clench, grasp - the act of grasping; "he released his clasp on my arm"; "he has a strong grip for an old man"; "she kept a firm hold on the railing"
2.embrace - the state of taking in or encircling; "an island in the embrace of the sea"
inclusion - the state of being included
3.embrace - a close affectionate and protective acceptance; "his willing embrace of new ideas"; "in the bosom of the family"
adoption, acceptance, acceptation, espousal - the act of accepting with approval; favorable reception; "its adoption by society"; "the proposal found wide acceptance"
Verb1.embrace - 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"
deal, plow, handle, treat, cover, address - act on verbally or in some form of artistic expression; "This book deals with incest"; "The course covered all of Western Civilization"; "The new book treats the history of China"
include - have as a part, be made up out of; "The list includes the names of many famous writers"
2.embrace - squeeze (someone) tightly in your arms, usually with fondness; "Hug me, please"; "They embraced"; "He hugged her close to him"
clasp - hold firmly and tightly
clinch - embrace amorously
cuddle - hold (a person or thing) close, as for affection, comfort, or warmth; "I cuddled the baby"
interlock, lock - become engaged or intermeshed with one another; "They were locked in embrace"
3.embrace - take up the cause, ideology, practice, method, of someone and use it as one's own; "She embraced Catholicism"; "They adopted the Jewish faith"
fasten on, hook on, seize on, take up, latch on - adopt; "take up new ideas"
accept - consider or hold as true; "I cannot accept the dogma of this church"; "accept an argument"

embrace

verb
1. hug, hold, cuddle, seize, squeeze, grasp, clasp, envelop, encircle, enfold, canoodle (slang), take or hold in your arms Penelope came forward and embraced her sister.
2. accept, support, receive, welcome, adopt, grab, take up, seize, make use of, espouse, take on board, welcome with open arms, avail yourself of, receive enthusiastically He embraces the new information age.
3. include, involve, cover, deal with, contain, take in, incorporate, comprise, enclose, provide for, take into account, embody, encompass, comprehend, subsume a theory that would embrace the whole field of human endeavour
noun
1. hug, hold, cuddle, squeeze, clinch (slang), clasp, canoodle (slang) a young couple locked in a passionate embrace

embrace

verb
1. To put one's arms around affectionately:
Slang: clinch.
Archaic: bosom, clip, embosom.
3. To receive (something given or offered) willingly and gladly:
4. To take, as another's idea, and make one's own:
noun
The act of embracing:
Slang: clinch.
Translations
عِناق، تَطْويق بالذِّراعَيْنيُعانِق، يُطَوِّقُ بِذِراعَيْهِ
obejmoutobjetí
omfavneomfavnelse
halataomaksuasyleillä
ölel
faîmafaîmlög
apglėbtiapkabinimasapkabinti
apskautapskāviens
objemobjeti se

embrace

[ɪmˈbreɪs]
A. Nabrazo m
B. VT
1. [+ person] → abrazar
2. [+ offer] → aceptar; [+ opportunity] → aprovechar; [+ course of action] → adoptar; [+ doctrine, party] → adherirse a; [+ religion] → abrazar; [+ cause, profession] → dedicarse a
3. (= include) → abarcar
C. VIabrazarse

embrace

[ɪmˈbreɪs]
vt
(= hug) [+ person] → embrasser, étreindre
(= welcome, espouse) [+ religion, ideology] → embrasser; [+ new idea, system] → adopter
(= include) [+ group of people, things] → couvrir, comprendre
vi (= hug) → s'embrasser, s'étreindre
n (= hug) → étreinte f

embrace

vt
(= hug)umarmen, in die Arme schließen; they embraced each othersie umarmten sich or einander
(= seize eagerly) religionannehmen; opportunitywahrnehmen, ergreifen; causesich annehmen (+gen); offerannehmen, ergreifen; he embraced the idea of an integrated Europeer machte sich (dat)den Gedanken eines integrierten Europas zu eigen
(= include)umfassen, erfassen; an all-embracing roleeine allumfassende Rolle
visich umarmen
n (= hug)Umarmung f; a couple locked in a tender embraceein Paar in zärtlicher Umarmung; he held her in his embraceer hielt sie umschlungen; his embrace of the Catholic faithsein Bekenntnis zum katholischen Glauben; death’s embrace (liter)die Arme des Todes

embrace

[ɪmˈbreɪs]
1. vt
a. (person, religion, cause) → abbracciare
b. (include) → comprendere
2. viabbracciarsi
3. nabbraccio

embrace

(imˈbreis) verb
to take (a person etc) in the arms; to hug. She embraced her brother warmly.
noun
a clasping in the arms; a hug. a loving embrace.

embrace

n. abrazo;
v. abrazar; [each other] abrazarse.

embrace

n abrazo; vt abrazar
References in classic literature ?
had granted the favor of being buried in Saint Laurent, in better company, they found among all those hideous carcasses two skeletons, one of which held the other in its embrace.
Then as to the analysis of the ancients and the algebra of the moderns, besides that they embrace only matters highly abstract, and, to appearance, of no use, the former is so exclusively restricted to the consideration of figures, that it can exercise the understanding only on condition of greatly fatiguing the imagination; and, in the latter, there is so complete a subjection to certain rules and formulas, that there results an art full of confusion and obscurity calculated to embarrass, instead of a science fitted to cultivate the mind.
Aramis and Athos embraced like old men; and this embrace itself being a question for Aramis, he immediately said, "My friend, we have not long to remain with you.
Thrice I sprang towards her and tried to clasp her in my arms, but each time she flitted from my embrace as it were a dream or phantom, and being touched to the quick I said to her,
Anna Mikhaylovna instantly guessed her intention and stooped to be ready to embrace the countess at the appropriate moment.
But I only went to see him when that phase came over me, and when my dreams had reached such a point of bliss that it became essential at once to embrace my fellows and all mankind; and for that purpose I needed, at least, one human being, actually existing.
I believe, by Heaven," said D'Artagnan, "that I shall embrace him, since he's upon our road; and if he is so unfortunate as to lose our dear Athos, from that very day he becomes my son.
She set herself to think how she might hoodwink him, and in the end she deemed that it would be best for her to go to Ida and array herself in rich attire, in the hope that Jove might become enamoured of her, and wish to embrace her.
I love heat and my sister loves cold--come here and let me embrace you, and then I'll go home at once.
It will have been seen that the Heidelburgh Tun of the Sperm Whale embraces the entire length of the entire top of the head; and since --as has been elsewhere set forth --the head embraces one third of the whole length of the creature, then setting that length down at eighty feet for a good sized whale, you have more than twenty-six feet for the depth of the tun, when it is lengthwise hoisted up and down against a ship's side.
The happiness of having such a sister was their first effusion, and the fair ladies mingled in embraces and tears of joy.
Haggard Saint Antoine had had only one exultant week, in which to soften his modicum of hard and bitter bread to such extent as he could, with the relish of fraternal embraces and congratulations, when Madame Defarge sat at her counter, as usual, presiding over the customers.