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embrace

em·brace

embrace

 
 
pronunciation:
ihm breIs
parts of speech:
transitive verb, intransitive verb, noun
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part of speech: transitive verb
inflections: embraced, embraces, embracing
definition 1: to clasp in one's arms; hug.
He ran to his wife and embraced her.
 
synonyms:
enfold, hug, squeeze
similar words:
caress, clasp, cuddle, fold, press, wrap
definition 2: to take up or accept readily.
Scientists were reluctant to embrace the theory at first.She has abandoned her former religion and embraced a new one.Some teachers were a bit fearful, but most embraced the new technology.
synonyms:
espouse, welcome
antonyms:
repudiate, spurn
similar words:
accept, adopt, receive
definition 3: to take advantage of.
He was quick to embrace his good fortune.
synonyms:
seize, take advantage of
similar words:
grab, grasp, make use of, take, utilize
definition 4: to include or encompass.
This design embraces a variety of styles.The mountains embrace the bay.
synonyms:
comprehend, contain, encompass, include
antonyms:
exclude, omit
similar words:
caress, comprise, encircle, envelop, enwrap, gird, surround
 
part of speech: intransitive verb
definition: to join in an embrace; hug.
The two friends embraced and said goodbye.
synonyms:
hug
similar words:
clinch, cuddle
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part of speech: noun
definition 1: an act or instance of clasping or holding someone in one's arms; hug.
He felt happy in her embrace.
synonyms:
enfoldment, hug, squeeze
similar words:
caress, clasp, clinch, cuddle
definition 2: an enclosure or encirclement.
The ship was now in the embrace of the ocean.
synonyms:
encirclement, enclosure, encompassment
similar words:
surrounding
definition 3: willing acceptance or adoption.
His sudden embrace of religion surprised his family.
synonyms:
welcome
antonyms:
spurn
similar words:
acceptance, adoption, espousal
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derivations: embraceable (adj.), embracer (n.)
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