Meaning of embrace

em•brace

Pronunciation: (em-brās'), [key]
— v., n. -braced, -brac•ing,
—v.t.
  1. to take or clasp in the arms; press to the bosom; hug.
  2. to take or receive gladly or eagerly; accept willingly: to embrace an idea.
  3. to avail oneself of: to embrace an opportunity.
  4. to adopt (a profession, a religion, etc.): to embrace Buddhism.
  5. to take in with the eye or the mind.
  6. to encircle; surround; enclose.
  7. to include or contain: An encyclopedia embraces a great number of subjects.
—v.i.
  1. to join in an embrace.
—n.
  1. an act or instance of embracing.

em•brace

Pronunciation: (em-brās'), [key]
— -braced, -brac•ing.
  1. to attempt to influence (a judge or jury) through corrupt means.
Random House Unabridged Dictionary, Copyright © 1997, by Random House, Inc., on Infoplease.
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