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From Middle English {{enm|embracen}}, from Template:Fro {{fro|embracier}}, equivalent to Template:Prefix. Influenced by Middle English {{enm|umbracen||to stretch out over, cover, engulf}}, from {{enm|um-||around}} + {{enm|bracen||to brace}}.



Embrace (third-person singular simple present [[Embraces#|Embraces]], present participle [[Embraceing#|Embraceing]], simple past and past participle [[Embraceed#|Embraceed]])
  1. To clasp in the arms with affection; to take in the arms; to hug.
    • Shakespeare
      I will embrace him with a soldier's arm, / That he shall shrink under my courtesy.
    • Bible, Acts xx. 1
      Paul called unto him the disciples, and embraced them.
  2. (Articlesobsolete) To cling to; to cherish; to love.
  3. To seize eagerly, or with alacrity; to accept with cordiality; to welcome.
    I wholeheartedly embrace the new legislation.
    • Shakespeare
      You embrace the occasion.
    • John Locke
      What is there that he may not embrace for truth?
  4. To accept; to undergo; to submit to.
    • Shakespeare
      I embrace this fortune patiently.
  5. To encircle; to encompass; to enclose.
    • Dryden
      Not that my song, in such a scanty space, / So large a subject fully can embrace.
    • Denham
      Low at his feet a spacious plain is placed, / Between the mountain and the stream embraced.
  6. (figurative) To enfold, to include (ideas, principles, etc.); to encompass.
    Natural philosophy embraces many sciences.
  7. To fasten on, as armour.
  8. (Articleslegal) To attempt to influence (a jury, court, etc.) corruptly.




Embrace (plural [[Embraces#|Embraces]])
  1. Hug (noun); putting arms around someone.
    • Template:RQ:Chmbrs YngrSt
      .{{#invoke:String|rep| .|2}}a delighted shout from the children swung him toward the door again. His sister, Mrs. Gerard, stood there in carriage gown and sables, radiant with surprise. ¶ "Phil!  You!  Exactly like you, Philip, to come strolling in from the antipodes—dear fellow!" recovering from the fraternal embrace and holding both lapels of his coat in her gloved hands.
  2. (metaphorical) Enfolding, including.


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