Definition of embody in English:

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Pronunciation: /əmˈbädē/

verb (embodies, embodying, embodied)

[with object]
1Be an expression of or give a tangible or visible form to (an idea, quality, or feeling): a team that embodies competitive spirit and skill
More example sentences
  • That these preferences could be expressed as embodying new ideas as well as satisfying specific interests was in our view crucial.
  • The idea of total war embodies a rare quality among interpretations of the American Civil War: it is without sectional bias.
  • Social hierarchy cannot and does not exist without being embodied in meanings and expressed in communications.
personify, realize, manifest, symbolize, represent, express, concretize, incarnate, epitomize, stand for, typify, exemplify
formal reify, hypostatize
1.1Provide (a spirit) with a physical form.
Example sentences
  • The Mowachaht-Muchalaht believe Luna embodies the spirit of their late chief, Ambrose Maquinna, who said he would return to them in the form of a whale after he died.
2Include or contain (something) as a constituent part: the changes in law embodied in the Freedom of Information Act
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  • The terms of settlement are embodied in a long and complex document which also includes agreement between Citigen and the City on a number of other matters, including a waiver on which Citigen relies in this application.
  • Despite their imposing title, they were not embodied in any constitutional document and were never formally written down.
  • Their proposal was embodied in an amendment by Senator Daschle.
incorporate, include, contain, encompass;
assimilate, consolidate, integrate, organize, systematize;
3 archaic Form (people) into a body, especially for military purposes.



Pronunciation: /-ˈbädēər/
Example sentences
  • Once again we get a series of monologues skewering this or that human folly through one of its typical embodiers.
  • Do not be an embodier of fame; do not be a storehouse of schemes; do not be an undertaker of projects; do not be a proprietor of wisdom.
  • The power of the Messiah/Kingdom Embodier is revealed in healings.


Mid 16th century: from em- + body, on the pattern of Latin incorporare.

Words that rhyme with embody

body, Irrawaddy, Kirkcaldy, noddy, Passamaquoddy, shoddy, Soddy, squaddie, toddy, wadi

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Syllabification: em·bod·y

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