1. [ verb ] include in scope; include as part of something broader; have as one's sphere or territory
Synonyms: cover encompass comprehend

"This group encompasses a wide range of people from different backgrounds" "this should cover everyone in the group"

Related terms: include cover
2. [ verb ] hug, usually with fondness
Synonyms: hug squeeze bosom

"Hug me, please" "They embraced"

Related terms: clasp interlock cuddle clinch caressing bosom
3. [ noun ] the act of clasping another person in the arms (as in greeting or affection)
Synonyms: embracing
Related terms: clasp hug cuddle
4. [ verb ] take up the cause, ideology, practice, method, of someone and use it as one's own
Synonyms: sweep_up adopt adapt espouse

"She embraced Catholocism" "They adopted the Jewish faith"

Related terms: accept take_up borrowing
5. [ noun ] the state of taking in or encircling

"an island in the embrace of the sea"

Related terms: inclusion
6. [ noun ] a close affectionate and protective acceptance
Synonyms: bosom

"his willing embrace of new ideas" "in the bosom of the family"

Related terms: adoption espouse
Similar spelling:   embrocate