1. [noun] the act of clasping another person in the arms (as in greeting or affection)
    Synonyms: embracing

  2. [noun] the state of taking in or encircling; "an island in the embrace of the sea"

  3. [noun] a close affectionate and protective acceptance; "his willing embrace of new ideas"; "in the bosom of the family"
    Synonyms: bosom

  4. [verb] 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"
    Synonyms: encompass, comprehend, cover

  5. [verb] hug, usually with fondness; "Hug me, please"; "They embraced"
    Synonyms: hug, bosom, squeeze

  6. [verb] take up the cause, ideology, practice, method, of someone and use it as one's own; "She embraced Catholocism"; "They adopted the Jewish faith"
    Synonyms: espouse, adopt, sweep up


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