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[em-breys] /ɛmˈbreɪs/
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
1300-1350
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
Related forms
embraceable, adjective
embracement, noun
embracer, noun
unembraceable, adjective
Synonyms
2. adopt, espouse, welcome. 3. seize. 7. comprise, cover, embody. See include.
Antonyms
7. exclude.

embrace2

[em-breys] /ɛmˈbreɪs/
verb (used with object), embraced, embracing. Law.
1.
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)
Related forms
embracer, noun
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British Dictionary definitions for embracer

embraceor

/ɪmˈbreɪsə/
noun
1.
(criminal law) a person guilty of embracery
Word Origin
C15: from Old French embraseor, from embraser to instigate, literally: to set on fire, from braser to burn, from brese live coals

embrace1

/ɪmˈbreɪs/
verb (mainly transitive)
1.
(also intransitive) (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
noun
6.
the act of embracing
7.
(often pl) (euphemistic) sexual intercourse
Derived Forms
embraceable, adjective
embracement, noun
embracer, noun
Word Origin
C14: from Old French embracier, from em- + brace a pair of arms, from Latin bracchia arms

embrace2

/ɪmˈbreɪs/
verb
1.
(transitive) (criminal law) to commit or attempt to commit embracery against (a jury, etc)
Word Origin
C15: back formation from embraceor
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Word Origin and History for embracer

embrace

v.

mid-14c., from Old French embracer (12c., Modern French embrasser) "clasp in the arms, enclose; covet, handle, cope with," from en- "in" (see en- (1)) + brace, braz "the arms," from Latin bracchium (neuter plural brachia); see brace (n.). Related: Embraced; embracing; embraceable. Replaced Old English clyppan, also fæðm.

n.

1590s, from embrace (v.).

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