Definition of embrace in English:


Line breaks: em|brace
Pronunciation: /ɪmˈbreɪs
, ɛm-/


  • 1 [with object] Hold (someone) closely in one’s arms, especially as a sign of affection: Aunt Sophie embraced her warmly [no object]: the two embraced, holding each other tightly
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    • Jordan looked at her friend for a moment before embracing her closely, Madison sobbing into Jordan's shirt.
    • She suddenly let all the tears in her eyes trickle out, and she embraced him closely.
    • When she saw me, she dropped her call and embraced me warmly.
    hug, take/hold in one's arms, hold, cuddle, clasp to one's bosom, clasp, squeeze, clutch, seize, grab; nuzzle, caress; enfold, enclasp, encircle, enclose, envelop, entwine oneself around
    informal canoodle, smooch
    literary embosom
  • 2Accept (a belief, theory, or change) willingly and enthusiastically: besides traditional methods, artists are embracing new technology
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    • The hype associated with this album suggests that the reason the Chieftains have been able to survive for so long is their willingness to embrace change.
    • Or will we wait for the public sector (famous for its willingness to embrace change rapidly) to simply drive demand?
    • Businesses, however need to be outward looking, objective and willing to embrace change.
    welcome, accept, receive enthusiastically/wholeheartedly, take up, take to one's heart, welcome/receive with open arms, adopt; support, be in favour of, back, champion
    formal espouse


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  • 1An act of holding someone closely in one’s arms: they were locked in an embrace
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    • There is a moment of recognition and reconciliation before the boat overturns, and both, locked in a final embrace, are drowned.
    • They gently went down on their knees, still locked in their embrace.
    • An hour later, Victoria and Jack stood once again on the balcony, locked in a firm embrace.
    hug, cuddle, squeeze, clasp, hold, clutch, clinch, nuzzle, caress; bear hug
    informal necking session
  • 1.1Used to refer to something which is regarded as surrounding, holding, or restricting someone: totalitarianism has meant that no interest falls outside the embrace of the state
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    • I felt very laid back, the sofa seemed to be hugging me as I sank deeper into its embrace.
    • Shortly after collapsing into the voluptuous embrace of a velveteen sofa, your body may shut itself down and try to enter a coma.
    • The thick tendrils of fog caressed the car, drawing it deeper into its muggy embrace.
  • 2 [in singular] An act of accepting something willingly or enthusiastically: their eager embrace of foreign influences
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    • Still others feel the bar has not been set quite high enough to warrant the eager embrace of electronic voting.
    • The vast power of the USA was with us, but there were occasions when the enthusiastic embrace might have proved as damaging as a blow from an enemy.
    • Enthusiastic embrace of these new gods is decimating its youthful adherents.



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  • But don't be tempted to neglect quality time with your best friend - that embraceable, irreplaceable inner you.
  • For the children, nature in all its violence is embraceable, a fact of life.
  • To create a similar aura, he crafted his latest recording, Shine, around four songs that would be, as he puts it, ‘universally embraceable, ‘with the other songs being basically ‘snapshots.’


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  • At least the fact that I'm quite stupid means I have an apathetic embracement of failure that is unlikely to ever lead me to self-harm.
  • After a long, rather painful embracement Sara pulled back.
  • After about 20 minutes of embracement, I sat up and pulled myself away.


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  • The old-age embracers don't see it as an obsession, of course.
  • By now you're probably just begging for a comparison to those other recent country-educated embracers of technology, Wilco, and public servant that I am, I'll oblige.
  • Dell has been one of the most aggressive embracers of offshoring operations to the third-world.


Middle English (in the sense 'encircle, surround, enclose'; formerly also as imbrace): from Old French embracer, based on Latin in- 'in' + bracchium 'arm'.

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