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Definitions of embrace

  1. take up the cause, ideology, practice, method, of someone and use it as one's own; " She embraced Catholocism"; " They adopted the Jewish faith"
  2. a close affectionate and protective acceptance; " his willing embrace of new ideas"; " in the bosom of the family"
  3. 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"
  4. the state of taking in or encircling; " an island in the embrace of the sea"
  5. To fasten on, as armor.
  6. To clasp in the arms with affection; to take in the arms; to hug.
  7. To cling to; to cherish; to love.
  8. To seize eagerly, or with alacrity; to accept with cordiality; to welcome.
  9. To encircle; to encompass; to inclose.
  10. To include as parts of a whole; to comprehend; to take in; as, natural philosophy embraces many sciences.
  11. To accept; to undergo; to submit to.
  12. To attempt to influence corruptly, as a jury or court.
  13. To join in an embrace.
  14. Intimate or close encircling with the arms; pressure to the bosom; clasp; hug.
  15. To hold in the arms, or press to the bosom with affection; hug; cling to; receive with willingness; include; inclose.
  16. The act of embracing; a clasping in the arms; a hug.
  17. To take in the arms: to press to the bosom with affection: to take eagerly or willingly: to comprise: to admit or receive.
  18. An embracing: fond pressure in the arms.
  19. A clasping in the arms.
  20. To clasp in the arms; receive willingly; comprise.
  21. To infold in the arms; clasp; hug; accept; willingly; comprehend; include.
  22. Pressure to the bosom with the arms; reception of one thing into another; sexual intercourse; conjugal endearment.
  23. To take and clasp in the arms; to press to the bosom in token of affection; to seize eagerly; to take with willingness that which offers or is offered; to comprehend; to comprise; to encompass; to accept; to have carnal intercourse with.
  24. To take or inclose in the arms; to press or clasp to the bosom in token of affection; to seize eagerly; to include or take in; to comprehend; to accept; to admit.
  25. Pressure to the bosom with the arms; a hug; sexual intercourse.
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Usage examples for embrace

  1. They pass on to new life and love; we cannot ourselves always do it in this life- the flesh is weak and dear; and age passes over us, and takes away the close embrace and the sweet desire. – Watersprings by Arthur Christopher Benson
  2. I slept, I dreamed, I woke to that embrace! – Poems by Muriel Stuart
  3. I tried to advance and to embrace her, my arms would not move. – Ayesha The Further History of She-Who-Must-Be-Obeyed by H. Rider Haggard
  4. His book was not calculated to supply the place of the common one; for the author thought it impracticable to make a new grammar, suitable for boys, and at the same time to embrace in it proofs sufficient to remove the prejudices of teachers in favour of the old. – The Grammar of English Grammars by Goold Brown
  5. They embrace only a shadow of virtue, not virtue itself, since they estimate the value of all things by the pleasures they afford. – Apology, Crito, and Phaedo of Socrates by Plato
  6. She ran to see who was there, and returned with Natacha, who wished to embrace her father. – The Secret of the Night by Gaston Leroux
  7. She felt his arm move out as though he would embrace her, then suddenly he drew back. – The Captives by Hugh Walpole
  8. " But you will not be so cruel, so unlike yourself, as to compel me to embrace a life for which I have no calling. – The Prime Minister by W.H.G. Kingston
  9. " Come and embrace me, I beg of you," he murmured. – Monsieur de Camors, v3 by Octave Feuillet
  10. Nor did the warmth of her embrace, and her: Oh! – The Freelands by John Galsworthy
  11. He has told his wife what to do: embrace her son, keep from crying, and say nothing. – Contemporary Russian Novelists by Serge Persky
  12. She had her arm about the boy's shoulder in giving Breckon her hand, and when Breckon had got away she pulled Boyne to her in a more peremptory embrace. – Entire PG Edition of The Works of William Dean Howells by William Dean Howells
  13. " Embrace me, and come and see me. – The Memoires of Casanova, Complete The Rare Unabridged London Edition Of 1894, plus An Unpublished Chapter of History, By Arthur Symons by Jacques Casanova de Seingalt
  14. He gathered her to close embrace, so that swept from her feet she lay in his arms rapt for one precious instant from all the world. – The Unknown Sea by Clemence Housman
  15. I kiss and embrace you. – Boris Lensky by Ossip Schubin
  16. Do not embrace me. – A Christian But a Roman by Mór Jókai
  17. And once the little form he held twisted, suddenly, in his embrace. – The Genius by Margaret Horton Potter
  18. The embrace was over in an instant. – Hilda Lessways by Arnold Bennett
  19. They sat opposite to one another, and a dozen times at least during the course of the dinner one of them would jump up from his chair, and run round to embrace the other. – Idle Ideas in 1905 by Jerome K. Jerome
  20. I embrace thee in spirit! – Marie Antoinette And Her Son by Louise Muhlbach Official
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