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v. em·braced, em·brac·ing, em·brac·es
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).
To join in an embrace.
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.
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ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
Noun1.Embracing - the act of clasping another person in the arms (as in greeting or affection)embracing - 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"
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References in classic literature ?
Yes dear resemblance of my Laurina and Laurina's Daughter, sweet image of my Claudia and my Claudia's Mother, I do acknowledge thee as the Daughter of the one and the Grandaughter of the other." While he was thus tenderly embracing me, Sophia astonished at my precipitate Departure, entered the Room in search of me.
"Then I tried to find some way of embracing my poor mother's ghost.
Anna Mikhaylovna was already embracing her and weeping.
Come in, Grimaud: monsieur le vicomte is desirous of embracing you likewise."
Maria was without ceremony sent away, and Isabella, embracing Catherine, thus began: "Yes, my dear Catherine, it is so indeed; your penetration has not deceived you.
Then, the miserable bakers' shops were beset by long files of them, patiently waiting to buy bad bread; and while they waited with stomachs faint and empty, they beguiled the time by embracing one another on the triumphs of the day, and achieving them again in gossip.
EMBRACE RUTOThe MP wondered why the Embrace team is not keen on embracing the deputy president in their tours.She observed that the Embrace group has branded their vehicles identifying themselves as "daughters of Raila" which she said is a campaign tool for the opposition chief.
While talking to newsmen the people newly embracing Islam said that they were impressed by the teachings of Islam due to which they decided to embrace to Islam along with their families.
Phoenix, AZ, December 11, 2018 --(PR.com)-- Purple Lotus Productions opens ticket sales for the January 27th Embracing Your Journey Expo which will provide resources for people to gain insights on wellness, learn about new ways to improve life, find resources to help grow spiritually & emotionally, discover new and exciting products and services geared toward a healthy Mind - Body - Spirit.
Rawalpindi -- A video showing children of Lieutenant Colonel Rashid (Shaheed) of Pakistan Army, having sleep, embracing a pillow clad in Army uniforms of their late father, went viral on social media.
Embracing the End of Life invites you to lean into your beliefs and questions about death and dying, helping you release tense or fearful energy and awaken to a more vital life now.
His principle message that "Embracing Hopelessness" is necessary when Christians find themselves in struggle with a God who at times seems mute, demanding solidarity in the midst of perdition and a blessing in the midst of adversity.