Definitions for: Embrace

[n] a close affectionate and protective acceptance; "his willing embrace of new ideas"; "in the bosom of the family"
[n] the act of clasping another person in the arms (as in greeting or affection)
[n] the state of taking in or encircling; "an island in the embrace of the sea"
[v] take up the cause, ideology, practice, method, of someone and use it as one's own; "She embraced Catholocism"; "They adopted the Jewish faith"
[v] hug, usually with fondness; "Hug me, please"; "They embraced"
[v] 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"

Webster (1913) Definition: Em*brace", v. t. [Pref. em- (intens.) + brace, v. t.]
To fasten on, as armor. [Obs.] --Spenser.

Em*brace", v. t. [imp. & p. p. Embraced; p. pr. &
vb. n. Embracing.] [OE. embracier, F. embrasser; pref. em-
(L. in) + F. bras arm. See Brace, n.]
1. To clasp in the arms with affection; to take in the arms;
to hug.

I will embrace him with a soldier's arm, That he
shall shrink under my courtesy. --Shak.

Paul called unto him the disciples, and embraced
them. --Acts xx. 1.

2. To cling to; to cherish; to love. --Shak.

3. To seize eagerly, or with alacrity; to accept with
cordiality; to welcome. ``I embrace these conditions.''
``You embrace the occasion.'' --Shak.

What is there that he may not embrace for truth?

4. To encircle; to encompass; to inclose.

Low at his feet a spacious plain is placed, Between
the mountain and the stream embraced. --Denham.

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

Not that my song, in such a scanty space, So large a
subject fully can embrace. --Dryden.

6. To accept; to undergo; to submit to. ``I embrace this
fortune patiently.'' --Shak.

7. (Law) To attempt to influence corruptly, as a jury or
court. --Blackstone.

Syn: To clasp; hug; inclose; encompass; include; ??omprise;
comprehend; contain; involve; impl???

Em*brace", v. i.
To join in an embrace.

Em*brace", n.
Intimate or close encircling with the arms; pressure to the
bosom; clasp; hug.

We stood tranced in long embraces, Mixed with kisses.

Synonyms: adopt, bosom, bosom, comprehend, cover, embracing, encompass, espouse, hug, squeeze, sweep up

See Also: accept, acceptance, acceptation, adoption, clasp, clasp, clench, clinch, clutch, clutches, cuddle, cuddle, espousal, fasten on, grasp, grip, hold, hook on, hug, include, inclusion, interlock, latch on, lock, nestle, seize on, snuggle, take up

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