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English noun: embrace

1. embrace (act) the act of clasping another person in the arms (as in greeting or affection)

Synonymsembracement, embracing

Broader (hypernym)clasp, clench, clutch, clutches, grasp, grip, hold

Narrower (hyponym)clinch, cuddle, hug, nestle, snuggle, squeeze

2. embrace (state) the state of taking in or encircling

SamplesAn island in the embrace of the sea.

Broader (hypernym)inclusion

3. embrace (act) a close affectionate and protective acceptance

SamplesHis willing embrace of new ideas.
In the bosom of the family.


Broader (hypernym)acceptance, acceptation, adoption, espousal

English verb: embrace

1. embrace (stative) include in scope; include as part of something broader; have as one's sphere or territory

SamplesThis group encompasses a wide range of people from different backgrounds.
This should cover everyone in the group.

Synonymscomprehend, cover, encompass

Pattern of useSomething ----s something

Broader (hypernym)include

Verb groupaddress, cover, deal, handle, plow, treat

2. embrace (contact) squeeze (someone) tightly in your arms, usually with fondness

SamplesHug me, please.
They embraced.
He hugged her close to him.

ExamplesSam and Sue embrace, Sam cannot embrace Sue

Synonymsbosom, hug, squeeze

Pattern of useSomebody ----s.
Somebody ----s something.
Somebody ----s somebody

Broader (hypernym)clasp

Narrower (hyponym)clinch, cuddle, interlock, lock

3. embrace (cognition) take up the cause, ideology, practice, method, of someone and use it as one's own

SamplesShe embraced Catholicism.
They adopted the Jewish faith.

Synonymsadopt, espouse, sweep up

Pattern of useSomebody ----s something

Broader (hypernym)accept

Narrower (hyponym)fasten on, hook on, latch on, seize on, take up

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