To embody a role is to fill it completely. If a high schooler seems to embody the character of Macbeth, his performance might make the audience forget they're watching a dorky 15-year-old with braces.

If you embody someone, you put him or her "in-body," as when an actor gives a complete and compelling representation of a character. You can also use embody to describe character traits you see in a person, like, “He embodies truth,” or, “She is the embodiment of goodness.”

Definitions of embody

v represent in bodily form

“He embodies all that is evil wrong with the system”
body forth, incarnate, substantiate
Type of:
have the quality of being; (copula, used with an adjective or a predicate noun)

v represent, as of a character on stage

be, personify
body, personify
invest with or as with a body; give body to
exemplify, represent
be characteristic of
Type of:
represent, stand for, symbolise, symbolize, typify
express indirectly by an image, form, or model; be a symbol

v represent or express something abstract in tangible form

“This painting embodies the feelings of the Romantic period”
Type of:
serve as a means of expressing something

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