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

     

    embrace

     verb
    verb
    BrE BrE//ɪmˈbreɪs//
     
    ; NAmE NAmE//ɪmˈbreɪs//
     
    (formal)Verb Forms present simple I / you / we / they embrace
    BrE BrE//ɪmˈbreɪs//
     
    ; NAmE NAmE//ɪmˈbreɪs//
     
    he / she / it embraces
    BrE BrE//ɪmˈbreɪsɪz//
     
    ; NAmE NAmE//ɪmˈbreɪsɪz//
     
    past simple embraced
    BrE BrE//ɪmˈbreɪst//
     
    ; NAmE NAmE//ɪmˈbreɪst//
     
    past participle embraced
    BrE BrE//ɪmˈbreɪst//
     
    ; NAmE NAmE//ɪmˈbreɪst//
     
    -ing form embracing
    BrE BrE//ɪmˈbreɪsɪŋ//
     
    ; NAmE NAmE//ɪmˈbreɪsɪŋ//
     
    Romance, Love
     
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  1. 1[intransitive, transitive] to put your arms around somebody as a sign of love or friendship synonym hug They embraced and promised to keep in touch. embrace somebody She embraced her son warmly. See related entries: Romance, Love
  2. 2[transitive] embrace something 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. 3[transitive] embrace something to include something The talks embraced a wide range of issues. The word ‘mankind’ embraces men, women and children.
  4. Word Origin Middle English (in the sense ‘encircle, surround, enclose’; formerly also as imbrace): from Old French embracer, based on Latin in- ‘in’ + bracchium ‘arm’.Extra examples He rose from his chair and embraced her warmly. She embraced the feminist cause with enthusiasm. Soccer has become more widely embraced by Americans. the only party which fully embraces the concept of a united Europe Decisions were made by reaching a consensus embracing all sectors of the financial community. They embraced and wept and promised to keep in touch.

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