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.
n : the act of clasping another person in the arms (as in
greeting or affection) [syn: embrace]