Embrace Em*brace", v. t. [imp. & p. p. {Embraced} ([e^]m*br[=a]st"); p. pr. & vb. n. {Embracing} ([e^]m*br[=a]"s[i^]ng).] [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. [1913 Webster]

I will embrace him with a soldier's arm, That he shall shrink under my courtesy. --Shak. [1913 Webster]

Paul called unto him the disciples, and embraced them. --Acts xx. 1. [1913 Webster]

2. To cling to; to cherish; to love. --Shak. [1913 Webster]

3. To seize eagerly, or with alacrity; to accept with cordiality; to welcome. ``I embrace these conditions.'' ``You embrace the occasion.'' --Shak. [1913 Webster]

What is there that he may not embrace for truth? --Locke. [1913 Webster]

4. To encircle; to encompass; to inclose. [1913 Webster]

Low at his feet a spacious plain is placed, Between the mountain and the stream embraced. --Denham. [1913 Webster]

5. To include as parts of a whole; to comprehend; to take in; as, natural philosophy embraces many sciences. [1913 Webster]

Not that my song, in such a scanty space, So large a subject fully can embrace. --Dryden. [1913 Webster]

6. To accept; to undergo; to submit to. ``I embrace this fortune patiently.'' --Shak. [1913 Webster]

7. (Law) To attempt to influence corruptly, as a jury or court. --Blackstone.

Syn: To clasp; hug; inclose; encompass; include; comprise; comprehend; contain; involve; imply. [1913 Webster]

The Collaborative International Dictionary of English. 2000.