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[em-bod-ee] /ɛmˈbɒd i/
verb (used with object), embodied, embodying.
to give a concrete form to; express, personify, or exemplify in concrete form:
to embody an idea in an allegorical painting.
to provide with a body; incarnate; make corporeal:
to embody a spirit.
to collect into or include in a body; organize; incorporate.
to embrace or comprise.
Also, imbody.
Origin of embody
1540-50; em-1 + body
Related forms
embodier, noun
preembody, verb (used with object), preembodied, preembodying.
reembody, verb (used with object), reembodied, reembodying.
well-embodied, adjective Unabridged
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  • But while their home embodies this sensibility, it's no showroom.
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  • Revered and reviled, the wolf embodies society's conflicted relationship with nature.
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  • The diction embodies all the vices against which the new poetry rebelled.
  • So the idea embodies itself and becomes warm and vivid, rousing the hearer's imagination to vision and kindling him to emotion.
  • The worthy interpretation of an ideal is that it embodies an idea-a conception of the imagination.
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  • Commonplace though it may appear, this doing of one's duty embodies the highest ideal of life and character.
British Dictionary definitions for embodies


verb (transitive) -bodies, -bodying, -bodied
to give a tangible, bodily, or concrete form to (an abstract concept)
to be an example of or express (an idea, principle, etc), esp in action: his gentleness embodies a Christian ideal
(often foll by in) to collect or unite in a comprehensive whole, system, etc; comprise; include: all the different essays were embodied in one long article
to invest (a spiritual entity) with a body or with bodily form; render incarnate
Derived Forms
embodiment, noun
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Word Origin and History for embodies



1540s, in reference to a soul or spirit invested with a physical form; of principles, ideas, etc., from 1660s; from en- (1) "in" + body. Related: Embodied; embodying.

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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