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EMBRACE

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 Dictionary entry overview: What does embrace mean? 

EMBRACE (noun)
  The noun EMBRACE has 3 senses:

1. the act of clasping another person in the arms (as in greeting or affection)
2. the state of taking in or encircling
3. a close affectionate and protective acceptance

  Familiarity information: EMBRACE used as a noun is uncommon.


EMBRACE (verb)
  The verb EMBRACE has 3 senses:

1. include in scope; include as part of something broader; have as one's sphere or territory
2. squeeze (someone) tightly in your arms, usually with fondness
3. take up the cause, ideology, practice, method, of someone and use it as one's own

  Familiarity information: EMBRACE used as a verb is uncommon.


 Dictionary entry details 


EMBRACE (noun)


Sense 1embrace [BACK TO TOP]

Meaning:

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

Classified under:

Nouns denoting acts or actions

Synonyms:

embrace; embracement; embracing

Hypernyms ("embrace" is a kind of...):

clasp; clench; clutch; clutches; grasp; grip; hold (the act of grasping)

Hyponyms (each of the following is a kind of "embrace"):

cuddle; nestle; snuggle (a close and affectionate (and often prolonged) embrace)

clinch; hug; squeeze (a tight or amorous embrace)


Sense 2embrace [BACK TO TOP]

Meaning:

The state of taking in or encircling

Classified under:

Nouns denoting stable states of affairs

Context example:

an island in the embrace of the sea

Hypernyms ("embrace" is a kind of...):

inclusion (the state of being included)


Sense 3embrace [BACK TO TOP]

Meaning:

A close affectionate and protective acceptance

Classified under:

Nouns denoting acts or actions

Synonyms:

embrace; bosom

Context examples:

his willing embrace of new ideas / in the bosom of the family

Hypernyms ("embrace" is a kind of...):

acceptance; acceptation; adoption; espousal (the act of accepting with approval; favorable reception)


EMBRACE (verb)


Sense 1embrace [BACK TO TOP]

Meaning:

Include in scope; include as part of something broader; have as one's sphere or territory

Classified under:

Verbs of being, having, spatial relations

Synonyms:

embrace; encompass; comprehend; cover

Context examples:

This group encompasses a wide range of people from different backgrounds / this should cover everyone in the group

Hypernyms (to "embrace" is one way to...):

include (have as a part, be made up out of)

Sentence frame:

Something ----s something


Sense 2embrace [BACK TO TOP]

Meaning:

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

Classified under:

Verbs of touching, hitting, tying, digging

Synonyms:

hug; embrace; bosom; squeeze

Context examples:

Hug me, please / They embraced / He hugged her close to him

Hypernyms (to "embrace" is one way to...):

clasp (hold firmly and tightly)

Troponyms (each of the following is one way to "embrace"):

clinch (embrace amorously)

cuddle (hold (a person or thing) close, as for affection, comfort, or warmth)

interlock; lock (become engaged or intermeshed with one another)

Sentence frames:

Somebody ----s
Somebody ----s something
Somebody ----s somebody

Sentence examples:

Sam and Sue embrace
Sam cannot embrace Sue


Sense 3embrace [BACK TO TOP]

Meaning:

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

Classified under:

Verbs of thinking, judging, analyzing, doubting

Synonyms:

sweep up; embrace; espouse; adopt

Context examples:

She embraced Catholicism / They adopted the Jewish faith

Hypernyms (to "embrace" is one way to...):

accept (consider or hold as true)

Troponyms (each of the following is one way to "embrace"):

fasten on; hook on; latch on; seize on; take up (adopt)

Sentence frame:

Somebody ----s something


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