Definition of embody verb from the Oxford Advanced Learner's Dictionary

     

    embody

     verb
    verb
    BrE BrE//ɪmˈbɒdi//
     
    ; NAmE NAmE//ɪmˈbɑːdi//
     
    Verb Forms present simple I / you / we / they embody
    BrE BrE//ɪmˈbɒdi//
     
    ; NAmE NAmE//ɪmˈbɑːdi//
     
    he / she / it embodies
    BrE BrE//ɪmˈbɒdiz//
     
    ; NAmE NAmE//ɪmˈbɑːdiz//
     
    past simple embodied
    BrE BrE//ɪmˈbɒdid//
     
    ; NAmE NAmE//ɪmˈbɑːdid//
     
    past participle embodied
    BrE BrE//ɪmˈbɒdid//
     
    ; NAmE NAmE//ɪmˈbɑːdid//
     
    -ing form embodying
    BrE BrE//ɪmˈbɒdiɪŋ//
     
    ; NAmE NAmE//ɪmˈbɑːdiɪŋ//
     
     
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  1. 1to express or represent an idea or a quality synonym represent embody something a politician who embodied the hopes of black youth be embodied in something the principles embodied in the Declaration of Human Rights
  2. 2embody something (formal) to include or contain something This model embodies many new features.
  3. Word Origin mid 16th cent.: from em- + body, on the pattern of Latin incorporare.Extra examples These ideals were embodied in the constitution. The new constitution embodied the right to free speech. We want to build a national team that embodies competitive spirit and skill.
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