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  2  definitions  found 
 
  From  Webster's  Revised  Unabridged  Dictionary  (1913)  [web1913]: 
 
  Embrace  \Em*brace"\,  v.  t.  [imp.  &  p.  p.  {Embraced};  p.  pr  & 
  vb  n.  {Embracing}.]  [OE.  embracier,  F.  embrasser  pref.  em- 
  (L.  in)  +  F.  bras  arm.  See  {Brace},  n.] 
  1.  To  clasp  in  the  arms  with  affection;  to  take  in  the  arms; 
  to  hug. 
 
  I  will  embrace  him  with  a  soldier's  arm,  That  he 
  shall  shrink  under  my  courtesy.  --Shak. 
 
  Paul  called  unto  him  the  disciples,  and  embraced 
  them  --Acts  xx  1. 
 
  2.  To  cling  to  to  cherish;  to  love.  --Shak. 
 
  3.  To  seize  eagerly,  or  with  alacrity;  to  accept  with 
  cordiality;  to  welcome.  ``I  embrace  these  conditions.'' 
  ``You  embrace  the  occasion.''  --Shak. 
 
  What  is  there  that  he  may  not  embrace  for  truth? 
  --Locke. 
 
  4.  To  encircle;  to  encompass;  to  inclose. 
 
  Low  at  his  feet  a  spacious  plain  is  placed,  Between 
  the  mountain  and  the  stream  embraced.  --Denham. 
 
  5.  To  include  as  parts  of  a  whole;  to  comprehend;  to  take  in 
  as  natural  philosophy  embraces  many  sciences. 
 
  Not  that  my  song,  in  such  a  scanty  space,  So  large  a 
  subject  fully  can  embrace.  --Dryden. 
 
  From  WordNet  r  1.6  [wn]: 
 
  embracing 
  n  :  the  act  of  clasping  another  person  in  the  arms  (as  in 
  greeting  or  affection)  [syn:  {embrace}] 




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