embrace

Definitions

  • WordNet 3.6
    • v 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"
    • v embrace squeeze (someone) tightly in your arms, usually with fondness "Hug me, please","They embraced","He hugged her close to him"
    • v 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"
    • n embrace a close affectionate and protective acceptance "his willing embrace of new ideas","in the bosom of the family"
    • n embrace the act of clasping another person in the arms (as in greeting or affection)
    • n embrace the state of taking in or encircling "an island in the embrace of the sea"
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Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
    • n Embrace Intimate or close encircling with the arms; pressure to the bosom; clasp; hug. "We stood tranced in long embraces ,
      Mixed with kisses."
    • Embrace To accept; to undergo; to submit to. "I embrace this fortune patiently."
    • Embrace (Law) To attempt to influence corruptly, as a jury or court.
    • Embrace 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."
      "Paul called unto him the disciples, and embraced them."
    • Embrace To cling to; to cherish; to love.
    • Embrace To encircle; to encompass; to inclose. "Low at his feet a spacious plain is placed,
      Between the mountain and the stream embraced ."
    • v. t Embrace ĕm*brās" To fasten on, as armor.
    • Embrace 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 ."
    • v. i Embrace To join in an embrace.
    • Embrace To seize eagerly, or with alacrity; to accept with cordiality; to welcome. "I embrace these conditions.""You embrace the occasion.""What is there that he may not embrace for truth?"
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Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
    • embrace To take, grasp, clasp, or infold in the arms; used absolutely, to press to the bosom, as in token of affection; hug; clip.
    • embrace To inclose; encompass; contain; encircle.
    • embrace Figuratively, to take. To take or receive with willingness; accept as true, desirable, or advantageous; make one's own; take to one's self: as, to embrace the Christian religion, a cause, or an opportunity.
    • embrace To receive or accept, though unwillingly; accept as inevitable.
    • embrace To comprehend; include or take in; comprise: as, natural philosophy embraces many sciences.
    • embrace To hold; keep possession of; sway.
    • embrace To throw a protecting arm around; shield.
    • embrace In botany, to clasp with the base: as, a leaf embracing the stem.
    • embrace In zoology, to lie closely in contact with (another part), imperfectly surrounding it. Thus, elytra are said to embrace the abdomen when their edges are turned over the abdominal margins; wings in repose embrace the body when they are closely appressed to it, curving down over the sides.
    • embrace To join in an embrace.
    • n embrace An inclosure or clasp with the arms; specifically, a pressure to the bosom with the arms; an embracement; a hug.
    • embrace In law, to attempt to influence corruptly, as a court or jury, by threats, bribes, promises, services, or entertainments, or by any means other than evidence or open argument.
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Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
    • v.t Embrace em-brās′ 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 Embrace to join in an embrace
    • n Embrace an embracing: fond pressure in the arms
    • v.t Embrace em-brās′ (Spens.) to brace, to fasten, or bind
    • pr.p Embrace embrac′ing; pa.p. embraced′
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Quotations

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    “We are each of us angels with only one wing, to fly we need only embrace each other.”
  • Woody Allen
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    “Of all the wonders of nature, a tree in summer is perhaps the most remarkable; with the possible exception of a moose singing Embraceable You in spats.”
  • Charles Swindoll
    Charles Swindoll
    “The remarkable thing is, we have a choice everyday regarding the attitude we will embrace for that day.”
  • Anthony J. D'Angelo
    Anthony J. D'Angelo
    “Don't fear change -- embrace it.”
  • Andrew Marvell
    Andrew Marvell
    “The grave's a fine and private place, but none, I think, do there embrace.”
  • Lao-Tzu
    Lao-Tzu
    “Manifest plainness, embrace simplicity, reduce selfishness, have few desires.”

Etymology

Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
OE. embracier, F. embrasser,; pref. em-,L. in,) + F. bras, arm. See Brace (n.)

Usage

In literature:

He answered my embrace with a low whimper, that told me I was understood.
"The Scalp Hunters" by Mayne Reid
Let me be able to embrace him once more before he dies.
"Italian Popular Tales" by Thomas Frederick Crane
They stretched out, forming the two horns of a horseshoe, like puny arms seeking to embrace the wide waters of Hudson's Bay.
"The Heart of Unaga" by Ridgwell Cullum
He embraced me cordially, and I exulted in the thought that I had him actually in Caledonia.
"The World's Greatest Books, Volume 19" by Various
Here, as so often, the unwise course was left to my dear Victoria, who embraced it with her usual readiness.
"The King's Mirror" by Anthony Hope
Suddenly Cellini rushes in, and embracing Teresa, relates that he fled the night before into a house.
"The Standard Operaglass" by Charles Annesley
I am far from you, but I frequently embrace your son, and love to imagine to myself that it is my dear daughter whom I embrace.
"Hortense, Makers of History Series" by John S. C. Abbott
It yearned perpetually for the embrace, the momentary embrace of the real.
"The Creators" by May Sinclair
Their embrace continued long.
"Eastern Tales by Many Story Tellers" by Various
He affectionately embraced them all, and then requested the Bishop of Meaux to read the service for the dying.
"Louis XIV., Makers of History Series" by John S. C. Abbott
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In poetry:

Fragrant were the embraces
That I shared with you
Where the wild mint grew.
"Bed of Mint" by Clark Ashton Smith
"Hei!" said then Rasmus,
Fair Randi embracing:
"Be quick now in placing
The kiss that you know!"
"Marit's Song" by Bjornstjerne Bjornson
In the silent entrancement
Of Winter's embrace,
It sought not to wander
From that charmèd place;
"The Dew-Drop: A Metrical Fantasy" by Samuel Lover
If only I might see thee,
To gaze upon thy face,
To grasp thy hand, to hear thee speak,
Then I could be embraced.
"Y. M. C. A. Founder. Sir Geo. Williams." by Frank Barbour Coffin
he would rarely soar
on the wings of a metaphor
and then he fell like Icarus
into the embrace of the Great Mother
"Mr Cogito And The Imagination" by Zbigniew Herbert
I did not love him as I would,
Embraces were not meet;
I sank before him where he stood,
And held and kissed his feet.
"A Book of Dreams: Part I" by George MacDonald

In news:

View full size Photograph courtesy of George Burich Senior Ben Josipovic, right, shown wearing a camouflage uniform last season, says the Eastlake North community embraces the efforts to raise money for the Wounded Warrior Project.
It's more of an embrace.
William Safire accuses Pope John Paul II of embracing political and moral relativism ("Structures of Sin," column, Feb 22).
Beyond clipping coupons, families are embracing generic grocery brands, and making their own baby food and detergent.
Forget Fun, Embrace Enjoyment .
Unlike years past, when authorities handled eradication missions and reclamation operations in two stages, Madera County embraced the challenge to do it all at once.
How to embrace the changing landscape of Business Continuity and connect with the executive perspective of risk management.
Hospitals haven't embraced the idea of a diagnostic tool that poops, barks, and requires feeding.
All of this has contributed to fado 's embrace by the young and the erosion of its traditional image as a stodgy genre.
Falconer embraces a sport like no other.
I don't mean garden variety user-generated content (UGC), which embraces blogs, a few digital photo postings, and the endless scrolls of reader comments.
Glovemaker says city can move forward by embracing its past.
As far as Daniel Storto is concerned, the best way for the city to move forward is to embrace its past.
We know that Carlos Slim Helú, now the world's richest man, doesn't agree with the Buffett Rule, but will he embrace FATCA.
In Alyson Noel's ' Fated ,' teen embraces her shaman legacy.
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In science:

As part of this “growing up” there is a need to admit defeat on some of the old methods and to embrace new ones, particularly on the statistical questions.
Conference Summary
To come back to Ken’s original wish, it is becoming increasingly clear that “to understand the chain of events that occurred during the formation of the Galaxy”, the astronomical community must embrace the wealth of near-field information with the same relish that it embraces the far field universe.
Workshop Summary: The Dynamics, Structure and History of Galaxies
The theory also embraces the idea of seafloor spreading.
Teaching Earth Dynamics: What's Wrong with Plate Tectonics Theory?
After recent advances, the lattice now embraces chiral symmetry.
So you want to be a lattice theorist?
Beck, Extreme Programming Explained: Embrace Change, Addison-Wesley, 2000.
Determining the Applicability of Agile Practices to Mission and Life-critical Systems
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