American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition
- v. To give a bodily form to; incarnate.
- v. To represent in bodily or material form: "As John Adams embodied the old style, Andrew Jackson embodied the new” ( Richard Hofstadter).
- v. To make part of a system or whole; incorporate: laws that embody a people's values.
Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- To invest with an animate body; lodge in a physical form; incarnate; hence, to give form to; formulate; coördinate the elements or principles of; express, arrange, or exemplify intelligibly or perceptibly: as, to embody thought in words; legislation is embodied in statutes; architecture is embodied art.
- To form or collect into a body or united mass; collect into a whole; incorporate; organize; concentrate: as, to embody troops; to embody scattered traditions or folk-lore.
- Synonyms To combine, compact, integrate, comprehend, comprise.
- To unite into a body, mass, or collection; coalesce.
- To paint with body or solidity. See impasto.
- v. transitive To represent in a physical form; to incarnate or personify
- v. transitive To include or represent, especially as part of a cohesive whole
GNU Webster's 1913
- v. To form into a body; to invest with a body; to collect into a body, a united mass, or a whole; to incorporate.
- v. To unite in a body, a mass, or a collection; to coalesce.
- v. represent, as of a character on stage
- v. represent or express something abstract in tangible form
- v. represent in bodily form
“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.”
“The great truth they embody is as fitted to stay our hearts in the shock of disappointment, as to inspire our hearts in the gladness of achieved success.”
“To embody is to "be an expression of, or give a tangible or visible form to.”
“The seemingly dunderheaded decision to move Jay Leno back to an 11: 30 slot and kick Conan to a midnightish slot highlights the corporate mentality in action, especially in regards to its utter misunderstanding of what it professes to embody, which is an intelligent approach to business.”
“Barack Obama is presenting a new, fresh vision that the world sees as a huge leap forward from what George Bush and John McCain embody.”
“Does any one of the following terms embody your conception of what is expressed by _Sittlichkeit_: good form, decency, self-respect, propriety, good breeding, convention?”
“In so far as the rhythmic form which these differing modes of expression embody are to be made the subject of experimental investigation their characteristic structures should be kept intact as objects of analysis in independent experiments, instead of being combined (and modified) in a single process.”
“These products have a common characteristic, namely that their value reflects the underlying intellectual property they embody, which is why they are referred to collectively in this publication as intellectual property products”
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