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- imbrace (obsolete)
From Middle English embracen, from Old French embracier, equivalent to em- + brace. Influenced by Middle English umbracen (“to stretch out over, cover, engulf”), from um- (“around”) + bracen (“to brace”).
- 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.
- Bible, Acts xx. 1
- Paul called unto him the disciples, and embraced them.
- (obsolete) To cling to; to cherish; to love.
- (Can we find and add a quotation of Shakespeare to this entry?)
- To seize eagerly, or with alacrity; to accept with cordiality; to welcome.
- I wholeheartedly embrace the new legislation.
- You embrace the occasion.
- John Locke
- What is there that he may not embrace for truth?
- To accept; to undergo; to submit to.
- I embrace this fortune patiently.
- To encircle; to encompass; to enclose.
- Not that my song, in such a scanty space, / So large a subject fully can embrace.
- Low at his feet a spacious plain is placed, / Between the mountain and the stream embraced.
- (figurative) To enfold, to include (ideas, principles, etc.); to encompass.
- Natural philosophy embraces many sciences.
- To fasten on, as armour.
- (Can we find and add a quotation of Spenser to this entry?)
- (law) To attempt to influence (a jury, court, etc.) corruptly.
- (Can we find and add a quotation of Blackstone to this entry?)
to hug (a person)
(metaphorical) to enfold or include (ideas, principles, etc)
embrace (plural embraces)
- Hug (noun); putting arms around someone.
1907, Robert W[illiam] Chambers, “chapter I”, in The Younger Set (Project Gutenberg; EBook #14852), New York, N.Y.: A. L. Burt Company, published 1 February 2005 (Project Gutenberg version), OCLC 4241346:
- […] a delighted shout from the children swung him toward the door again. His sister, Mrs. Gerard, stood there in carriage gown and sables, radiant with surprise. ¶ "Phil! You! Exactly like you, Philip, to come strolling in from the antipodes—dear fellow!" recovering from the fraternal embrace and holding both lapels of his coat in her gloved hands.
- (metaphorical) Enfolding, including.