embrace

To embrace something is to welcome it with open arms, hold, hug, accept completely. You might embrace your sweetheart, or even changes in technology.

Embrace is from the French verb embrasser, which started out meaning "to clasp in the arms" (but now includes kissing). You embrace someone by giving her a giant hug, and when you embrace a new idea, it's like your brain gives it a hug. The noun and verb form are similar: If you embrace someone who isn't your sweetheart, you might get caught in an embrace. In Henry IV, Shakespeare writes about a really, really tight embrace: "I will embrace him with a soldier's arm/That he shall shrink under my courtesy."

Definitions of embrace
  1. verb
    squeeze (someone) tightly in your arms, usually with fondness
    “They embraced
    synonyms: bosom, hug, squeeze
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    types:
    clinch
    embrace amorously
    cuddle
    hold (a person or thing) close, as for affection, comfort, or warmth
    interlock, lock
    become engaged or intermeshed with one another
    type of:
    clasp
    hold firmly and tightly
  2. noun
    the act of clasping another person in the arms (as in greeting or affection)
    synonyms: embracement, embracing
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    types:
    cuddle, nestle, snuggle
    a close and affectionate (and often prolonged) embrace
    clinch, hug, squeeze
    a tight or amorous embrace
    type of:
    clasp, clench, clutch, clutches, grasp, grip, hold
    the act of grasping
  3. noun
    the state of taking in or encircling
    “an island in the embrace of the sea”
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    inclusion
    the state of being included
  4. verb
    take up the cause, ideology, practice, method, of someone and use it as one's own
    “She embraced Catholicism”
    synonyms: adopt, espouse, sweep up
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    types:
    fasten on, hook on, latch on, seize on, take up
    adopt
    type of:
    accept
    consider or hold as true
  5. noun
    a close affectionate and protective acceptance
    “his willing embrace of new ideas”
    synonyms: bosom
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    type of:
    acceptance, acceptation, adoption, espousal
    the act of accepting with approval; favorable reception
  6. verb
    include in scope; include as part of something broader; have as one's sphere or territory
    synonyms: comprehend, cover, encompass
    address, cover, deal, handle, plow, treat
    act on verbally or in some form of artistic expression
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    type of:
    include
    have as a part; be made up out of
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