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1 embrace

The act of clasping another person in the arms (as in greeting or affection).

synonyms: embracement, embracing.

Roget 894: courtesy; respect etc. 928; good manners, good behavior, good breeding; manners; politeness etc. adj.; bienseance, urbanity, ... show more

Roget 902: endearment, caress; blandishment, blandiment; panchement, fondling, billing and cooing, dalliance, necking, petting, sporting, sparking, hanky-panky; caressing.    ... show more

Dutch: omarming, omhelzing
Polish: obejmowanie, ogarnianie, opasywanie, oplatanie

2 embrace

The state of taking in or encircling.

3 embrace

A close affectionate and protective acceptance:
— His willing embrace of new ideas.

synonym: bosom.


1 embrace

Include in scope; include as part of something broader; have as one's sphere or territory.

synonyms: comprehend, cover, encompass.

Roget 894: be courteous etc. adj.; show courtesy etc. n.. mind one's P's and Q's, behave oneself, be all things to all men, conciliate, speak one fair, take in good part; make the amiable, do the amiable; ... show more

Roget 892: be sociable etc. adj.; know; be acquainted etc. adj.; associate with, sort with, keep company with, walk hand in hand with; eat off the same trencher, club together, consort, ... show more

Roget 888: be friendly etc. adj., be friends etc. 890, be acquainted with etc. adj.; know; have the ear of; keep company with etc. (sociality) ... show more

Roget 789: take, catch, hook, nab, bag, sack, pocket, put into one's pocket; receive; accept.    reap, crop, cull, ... show more

Roget 227: lie around etc. adv.; surround, beset, compass, encompass, environ, inclose, enclose, encircle, embrace, circumvent, lap, ... show more

Roget 54: be composed of, be made of, be formed of, be made up of; consist of, be resolved into.    include etc. (in a class) 76; contain, hold, comprehend, take in, ... show more

Roget 76: be included in &c.; come under, fall under, range under; belong to, pertain to; range with; merge in.    include, comprise, comprehend, contain, admit, ... show more

Dutch: beslaan, insluiten, omcirkelen, omgeven, omringen, omsingelen, omvatten

2 embrace

Hold (someone) tightly in your arms, usually with fondness:
— They embraced.

synonyms: bosom, hug, squeeze.

Roget 902: caress, fondle, pet, dandle; pat, pat on the head, pat on the cheek; chuck under the chin, smile upon, coax, wheedle, cosset, coddle, cocker, ... show more

Dutch: aan de borst(en) drukken, in de armen nemen, knuffelen, omarmen, omhelzen, omvangen, omvatten

3 embrace

Take up the cause, ideology, practice, method, of someone and use it as one's own:
— She embraced Catholicism.

synonyms: adopt, espouse, sweep up.

Roget 609: offers one's choice, set before; hold out the alternative, present the alternative, offer the alternative; put to the vote.    use option, use discretion, exercise option, exercise discretion, one's option; adopt, take up, embrace, ... show more

Dutch: met, omarmen, omhelzen, trouwen

Moby thesaurus: abduct, accept, accommodate, accost, accouple, accueil, accumulate, address, adhere, adhere to, admit, adopt, adoption, affiliate, agglomerate, agglutinate, amass, ankle, approve, articulate ... show more.

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