WordReference Random House Learner's Dictionary of American English © 2020
em•brace1 /ɛmˈbreɪs/USA pronunciation   v.,  -braced, -brac•ing, n. 
  1. to clasp in the arms;
    hug: [+ object]He embraced her and told her how glad he was to see her again.[no object]They embraced and kissed.
  2. to accept or adopt willingly:[+ object]I don't know whether they'll embrace your idea.
  3. to include or contain:[not: be + ~-ing;  ~ + object]The report embraced all aspects of the housing situation.

n. [countable]
  1. an encircling hug with the arms:She gave me a warm embrace.

WordReference Random House Unabridged Dictionary of American English © 2020
em•brace1  (em brās),USA pronunciation v.,  -braced, -brac•ing, n. 
  1. to take or clasp in the arms;
    press to the bosom;
  2. to take or receive gladly or eagerly;
    accept willingly:to embrace an idea.
  3. to avail oneself of:to embrace an opportunity.
  4. to adopt (a profession, a religion, etc.):to embrace Buddhism.
  5. to take in with the eye or the mind.
  6. to encircle;
  7. to include or contain:An encyclopedia embraces a great number of subjects.

  1. to join in an embrace.

  1. an act or instance of embracing.
em•bracea•ble, adj. 
em•bracement, n. 
em•bracer, n. 
  • Anglo-French, Old French embracier, equivalent. to em- em-1 + bracier to embrace, derivative of brace the two arms; see brace
  • Middle English 1300–50
    • 2.See corresponding entry in Unabridged adopt, espouse, welcome.
    • 3.See corresponding entry in Unabridged seize.
    • 7.See corresponding entry in Unabridged comprise, cover, embody. See  include. 
    • 7.See corresponding entry in Unabridged exclude.

em•brace2  (em brās),USA pronunciation v.t.,  -braced, -brac•ing. [Law.]
  1. Lawto attempt to influence (a judge or jury) through corrupt means.
em•bracer, n. 
  • Middle French embraser; see em-1, braise)
  • late Middle English: to influence, prejudice, bribe (a jury), perh. the same word as embrace1, influenced by embrasen to set on fire ( 1400–1450


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