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Dictionary definition for: Embrace

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

2. (v) 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"

3. (n) the state of taking in or encircling; "an island in the embrace of the sea"

4. (v) hug, usually with fondness; "Hug me, please" "They embraced"

5. (n) a close affectionate and protective acceptance; "his willing embrace of new ideas" "in the bosom of the family"

6. (v) take up the cause, ideology, practice, method, of someone and use it as one''s own; "She embraced Catholocism" "They adopted the Jewish faith"

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