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From: Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary (1913)

 Em·brace, v. t. [imp. & p. p. Embraced p. pr. & vb. n. Embracing ]
 1. To clasp in the arms with affection; to take in the arms; to hug.
 I will embrace him with a soldier's arm,
 That he shall shrink under my courtesy.   --Shak.
    Paul called unto him the disciples, and embraced them.   --Acts xx. 1.
 2. To cling to; to cherish; to love.
 3. To seize eagerly, or with alacrity; to accept with cordiality; to welcome. “I embrace these conditions.”  “You embrace the occasion.”
    What is there that he may not embrace for truth?   --Locke.
 4. To encircle; to encompass; to inclose.
 Low at his feet a spacious plain is placed,
 Between the mountain and the stream embraced.   --Denham.
 5. To include as parts of a whole; to comprehend; to take in; as, natural philosophy embraces many sciences.
 Not that my song, in such a scanty space,
 So large a subject fully can embrace.   --Dryden.
 6. To accept; to undergo; to submit to. “I embrace this fortune patiently.”
 7. Law To attempt to influence corruptly, as a jury or court.
 Syn: -- To clasp; hug; inclose; encompass; include; comprise; comprehend; contain; involve; imply.