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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.


Synonymsbosom


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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