- 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
- 2embody something (formal) to include or contain something This model embodies many new features. 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.
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//