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Meaning & Definition of Embrace in English

English

Embrace

/ɛmbres/

noun

1. The act of clasping another person in the arms (as in greeting or affection)

    synonym:
  • embrace
  • ,
  • embracing
  • ,
  • embracement

2. The state of taking in or encircling

  • "An island in the embrace of the sea"
    synonym:
  • embrace

3. A close affectionate and protective acceptance

  • "His willing embrace of new ideas"
  • "In the bosom of the family"
    synonym:
  • embrace
  • ,
  • bosom

verb

1. 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"
    synonym:
  • embrace
  • ,
  • encompass
  • ,
  • comprehend
  • ,
  • cover

2. Squeeze (someone) tightly in your arms, usually with fondness

  • "Hug me, please"
  • "They embraced"
  • "He hugged her close to him"
    synonym:
  • embrace
  • ,
  • hug
  • ,
  • bosom
  • ,
  • squeeze

3. Take up the cause, ideology, practice, method, of someone and use it as one's own

  • "She embraced catholicism"
  • "They adopted the jewish faith"
    synonym:
  • espouse
  • ,
  • embrace
  • ,
  • adopt
  • ,
  • sweep up

Examples of using

A human being is part of the whole, called by us Universe, a part limited in time and space. He experiences himself, his thoughts and feelings as something separated from the rest — a kind of optical delusion of his consciousness. This delusion is a kind of prison for us, restricting us to our personal desires and to affection for a few persons nearest to us. Our task must be to free ourselves from this prison by widening our circle of compassion to embrace all living creatures and the whole of nature in it