embrace {1} definition, embrace {1} meaning | English dictionary

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      vb   mainly tr  
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  
6    the act of embracing  
7    often pl  
Euphemistic   sexual intercourse  
     (C14: from Old French embracier, from em- + brace a pair of arms, from Latin bracchia arms)  
  embraceable      adj  
  embracement      n  
  embracer      n  
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