|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)|
|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"
|6.||[ noun ] a close affectionate and protective acceptance|
"his willing embrace of new ideas" "in the bosom of the family"
|Related terms:||adoption espouse|