(noun, verb)


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

Similar word(s): embracement, embracing

Definition categories: act, clasp, clench, clutch, clutches, grasp, grip, hold

2. the state of taking in or encircling

- an island in the embrace of the sea

Definition categories: state, inclusion

3. a close affectionate and protective acceptance

- his willing embrace of new ideas

Similar word(s): bosom

Definition categories: act, acceptance, acceptation, adoption, espousal


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

Similar word(s): comprehend, cover, encompass

Definition categories: stative, include

2. hold (someone) tightly in your arms, usually with fondness

- They embraced

Similar word(s): bosom, hug, squeeze

Definition categories: contact, clasp

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

- She embraced Catholicism

Similar word(s): adopt, espouse

Definition categories: cognition, accept

Sentences with embrace as a verb:

- I wholeheartedly embrace the new legislation.

- Natural philosophy embraces many sciences.