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Definition of embrace verb from the Oxford Advanced American Dictionary



    Verb Forms present simple I / you / we / they embrace
    he / she / it embraces
    past simple embraced
    -ing form embracing
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  1. 1[intransitive, transitive] (formal) to put your arms around someone as a sign of love or friendship synonym hug They embraced and promised to keep in touch. embrace somebody She embraced her son warmly.
  2. 2embrace something (formal) to accept an idea, a proposal, a set of beliefs, etc., especially when it is done with enthusiasm to embrace democracy/feminism/Islam It is unlikely that such countries will embrace capitalist ideas.
  3. 3embrace something (formal) to include something The talks embraced a wide range of issues. The word “mankind” embraces men, women and children.
embrace noun [countable, uncountable]
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He held her in a warm embrace. There were tears and embraces as they said goodbye. the country's eager embrace of modern technology