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From The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.48 :
Embrace \Em*brace"\, v. t. [imp. & p. p. Embraced
([e^]m*br[=a]st"); p. pr. & vb. n. Embracing
([e^]m*br[=a]"s[i^]ng).] [OE. embracier, F. embrasser; pref.
em- (L. in) + F. bras arm. See Brace, n.]
1. To clasp in the arms with affection; to take in the arms;
I will embrace him with a soldier's arm,
That he shall shrink under my courtesy. --Shak.
Paul called unto him the disciples, and embraced
them. --Acts xx. 1.
2. To cling to; to cherish; to love. --Shak.
3. To seize eagerly, or with alacrity; to accept with
cordiality; to welcome. "I embrace these conditions." "You
embrace the occasion." --Shak.
What is there that he may not embrace for truth?
4. To encircle; to encompass; to inclose.
Low at his feet a spacious plain is placed,
Between the mountain and the stream embraced.
5. To include as parts of a whole; to comprehend; to take in;
as, natural philosophy embraces many sciences.
Not that my song, in such a scanty space,
So large a subject fully can embrace. --Dryden.
6. To accept; to undergo; to submit to. "I embrace this
fortune patiently." --Shak.
7. (Law) To attempt to influence corruptly, as a jury or
Syn: To clasp; hug; inclose; encompass; include; comprise;
comprehend; contain; involve; imply.
From WordNet (r) 3.0 (2006) :
n 1: the act of clasping another person in the arms (as in
greeting or affection) [syn: embrace, embracing,
From Moby Thesaurus II by Grady Ward, 1.0 :
32 Moby Thesaurus words for "embracing":
adoption, ambient, assimilating, circling, circumambient,
circumferential, circumflex, circumfluent, circumfluous,
circumjacent, comprising, containing, counting, covering,
embracement, encircling, enclosing, encompassing, enfolding,
enveloping, environing, envisaging, including, inclusive,
incorporating, neighboring, numbering, peripheral, roundabout,
suburban, surrounding, wrapping
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