usage: the act of clasping another person in the arms (as in greeting or affection)
1. embrace, encompass, comprehend, cover, include
usage: include in scope; include as part of something broader; have as one's sphere or territory; "This group encompasses a wide range of people from different backgrounds"; "this should cover everyone in the group"
2. embrace, hug, bosom, squeeze, clasp
usage: squeeze (someone) tightly in your arms, usually with fondness; "Hug me, please"; "They embraced"; "He hugged her close to him"
3. espouse, embrace, adopt, sweep up, accept
usage: take up the cause, ideology, practice, method, of someone and use it as one's own; "She embraced Catholicism"; "They adopted the Jewish faith"