embrace

1 [em-breys]
verb (used with object), embraced, embracing.
1.
to take or clasp in the arms; press to the bosom; hug.
2.
to take or receive gladly or eagerly; accept willingly: to embrace an idea.
3.
to avail oneself of: to embrace an opportunity.
4.
to adopt (a profession, a religion, etc.): to embrace Buddhism.
5.
to take in with the eye or the mind.
6.
to encircle; surround; enclose.
7.
to include or contain: An encyclopedia embraces a great number of subjects.
verb (used without object), embraced, embracing.
8.
to join in an embrace.
noun
9.
an act or instance of embracing.

Origin:
1300–50; Middle English < Anglo-French, Old French embracier, equivalent to em- em-1 + bracier to embrace, derivative of brace the two arms; see brace

embraceable, adjective
embracement, noun
embracer, noun
unembraceable, adjective


2. adopt, espouse, welcome. 3. seize. 7. comprise, cover, embody. See include.


7. exclude.
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embrace

2 [em-breys]
verb (used with object), embraced, embracing. Law.
to attempt to influence (a judge or jury) through corrupt means.

Origin:
1400–1450; late Middle English: to influence, prejudice, bribe (a jury), perhaps the same word as embrace1, influenced by embrasen to set on fire (< Middle French embraser; see em-1, braise)

embracer, noun
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embrace1 (ɪmˈbreɪs)
 
vb
1.  (also intr) (of a person) to take or clasp (another person) in the arms, or (of two people) to clasp each other, as in affection, greeting, etc; hug
2.  to accept (an opportunity, challenge, etc) willingly or eagerly
3.  to take up (a new idea, faith, etc); adopt: to embrace Judaism
4.  to comprise or include as an integral part: geology embraces the science of mineralogy
5.  to encircle or enclose
 
n
6.  the act of embracing
7.  euphemistic (often plural) sexual intercourse
 
[C14: from Old French embracier, from em- + brace a pair of arms, from Latin bracchia arms]
 
em'braceable1
 
adj
 
em'bracement1
 
n
 
em'bracer1
 
n

embrace2 (ɪmˈbreɪs)
 
vb
(tr) criminal law to commit or attempt to commit embracery against (a jury, etc)
 
[C15: back formation from embraceor]

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embrace
c.1300, from O.Fr. embracer "clasp in the arms, enclose," from en- "in" + brace "the arms," from L. bracchium (neut. pl. brachia). Replaced O.E. clyppan, also fæðm.
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Example sentences
The quantum phenomenon known as entanglement keeps spreading its arms to hold
  ever more particles in its spooky embrace.
Their hug-me arms waver in the hot, wet air, as if they are attempting to
  embrace something vast and invisible.
Artists and musicians embrace the Net, despite legal issues.
We should all embrace that concept.
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