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Definition of "embody" []

  • To give a bodily form to; incarnate. (verb-transitive)
  • To represent in bodily or material form: "As John Adams embodied the old style, Andrew Jackson embodied the new” ( Richard Hofstadter). (verb-transitive)
  • To make part of a system or whole; incorporate: laws that embody a people's values. (verb-transitive)

American Heritage(R) Dictionary of the English Language, Fifth Edition. Copyright (c) 2011 by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Publishing Company. Published by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Publishing Company. All rights reserved.

Use "embody" in a sentence
  • "The metaphysical causation (i.e. magic) these narratives embody is therefore seen as applicable in the real world."
  • "The titles embody speed and strength, the fundamentals of sport."
  • "That his feeling for Julia begins in this way means that their relationship, whatever genuine value it may embody, is shadowed by it."