embrace
I. verb (embraced; embracing) Etymology: Middle English, from Anglo-French embracer, from en- + brace pair of arms — more at brace Date: 14th century transitive verb 1. a. to clasp in the arms ; hug b. cherish, love 2. encircle, enclose 3. a. to take up especially readily or gladly <
embrace a cause
>
b. to avail oneself of ; welcome <
embraced the opportunity to study further
>
4. a. to take in or include as a part, item, or element of a more inclusive whole <
charity embraces all acts that contribute to human welfare
>
b. to be equal or equivalent to <
his assets embraced $10
>
intransitive verb to participate in an embrace Synonyms: see adopt, includeembraceable adjectiveembracement nounembracer nounembracingly adverb II. noun Date: 1592 1. a close encircling with the arms and pressure to the chest especially as a sign of affection ; hug 2. grip, encirclement <
in the embrace of terror
>
3. acceptance <
her embrace of new ideas
>

New Collegiate Dictionary. 2001.

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