Definition of embody in English:

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Pronunciation: /ɪmˈbɒdi/
Pronunciation: /ɛmˈbɒdi/

verb (embodies, embodying, embodied)

[with object]
1Be an expression of or give a tangible or visible form to (an idea, quality, or feeling): a national team that embodies competitive spirit and skill
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  • 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, incorporate, give human form/shape to, realize, manifest, express, concretize, symbolize, represent, epitomize, stand for, encapsulate, typify, exemplify
formal reify
rare incarnate, image
1.1Provide (a spirit) with a physical form: nothing of the personality of the Spirit as embodied in Jesus will be lost
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  • 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 Children 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, take in, consolidate, encompass, assimilate, integrate, concentrate;
organize, systematize;
combine, bring together, gather together, collect
3 archaic Form (people) into a body, especially for military purposes: Livius embodied the population of the town


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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