Embrace

Definition of Embrace

Em`brace´   Pronunciation: ĕm`brāst´
v. t.1.To fasten on, as armor.
1.To clasp in the arms with affection; to take in the arms; to hug.
[imp. & p. p. Embraced (ĕm*brāst"); p. pr. & vb. n. Embracing (ĕm*brā"sĭng).]
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.
3.To seize eagerly, or with alacrity; to accept with cordiality; to welcome.
What is there that he may not embrace for truth?
- Locke.
4.To encircle; to encompass; to inclose.
Low at his feet a spacious plain is placed,
Between the mountain and the stream embraced.
- Denham.
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.
7.(Law) To attempt to influence corruptly, as a jury or court.
v. i.1.To join in an embrace.
n.1.Intimate or close encircling with the arms; pressure to the bosom; clasp; hug.
We stood tranced in long embraces,
Mixed with kisses.
- Tennyson.

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