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Definition 1: the act of clasping another person in the arms (as in greeting or affection) - [noun denoting act]

Synonyms for embrace in the sense of this definition

(embrace is a kind of ...) the act of grasping

"he released his clasp on my arm" "he has a strong grip for an old man" "she kept a firm hold on the railing"

(... is a kind of embrace ) a close and affectionate (and often prolonged) embrace

(... is a kind of embrace ) a tight or amorous embrace

"come here and give me a big hug"

Definition 2: a close affectionate and protective acceptance - [noun denoting act]

Samples where embrace or its synonyms are used according to this definition

  • his willing embrace of new ideas
  • in the bosom of the family

Synonyms for embrace in the sense of this definition

(embrace is a kind of ...) the act of accepting with approval; favorable reception

"its adoption by society" "the proposal found wide acceptance"

Definition 3: the state of taking in or encircling - [noun denoting state]

Samples where embrace or its synonyms are used according to this definition

  • an island in the embrace of the sea

(embrace is a kind of ...) the state of being included

Definition 4: take up the cause, ideology, practice, method, of someone and use it as one's own - [verb of cognition]

Samples where embrace or its synonyms are used according to this definition

  • She embraced Catholicism
  • They adopted the Jewish faith

Synonyms for embrace in the sense of this definition

(embrace is a kind of ...) consider or hold as true

"I cannot accept the dogma of this church" "accept an argument"

(... is a kind of embrace ) adopt

"take up new ideas"

Definition 5: hold (someone) tightly in your arms, usually with fondness - [verb of contact]

Samples where embrace or its synonyms are used according to this definition

  • Hug me, please
  • They embraced
  • He hugged her close to him

Synonyms for embrace in the sense of this definition

(embrace is a kind of ...) hold firmly and tightly

(... is a kind of embrace ) embrace amorously

(... is a kind of embrace ) hold (a person or thing) close, as for affection, comfort, or warmth

"I cuddled the baby"

(... is a kind of embrace ) become engaged or intermeshed with one another

"They were locked in embrace"

Definition 6: include in scope; include as part of something broader; have as one's sphere or territory - [verb of stative]

Samples where embrace or its synonyms are used according to this definition

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

Synonyms for embrace in the sense of this definition

(embrace is a kind of ...) have as a part, be made up out of

"The list includes the names of many famous writers"

(embrace has a similar meaning as ...) act on verbally or in some form of artistic expression

"This book deals with incest" "The course covered all of Western Civilization" "The new book treats the history of China"

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