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English definition of “embrace”

embrace

verb uk   /ɪmˈbreɪs/ us  

embrace verb (ACCEPT)

C1 [T] formal to accept something enthusiastically: This was an opportunity that he would embrace.

embrace verb (HOLD)

C2 [I or T] literary to hold someone tightly with both arms to express love, liking, or sympathy, or when greeting or leaving someone: She saw them embrace on the station platform. He leaned over to embrace the child.

embrace verb (INCLUDE)

C1 [T] formal to include something, often as one of a number of things: Linguistics embraces a diverse range of subjects such as phonetics and stylistics.

embrace

noun [C] uk   /ɪmˈbreɪs/ us  
C2 the act of holding someone tightly with both arms to express love, liking, or sympathy, or when greeting or leaving someone: She greeted me with a warm embrace.
(Definition of embrace from the Cambridge Advanced Learners Dictionary & Thesaurus © Cambridge University Press)
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