from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

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

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • v. To represent in a physical form; to incarnate or personify
  • v. To include or represent, especially as part of a cohesive whole

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • intransitive v. To unite in a body, a mass, or a collection; to coalesce.
  • transitive v. To form into a body; to invest with a body; to collect into a body, a united mass, or a whole; to incorporate.

from The 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.

from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.

  • v. represent, as of a character on stage
  • v. represent or express something abstract in tangible form
  • v. represent in bodily form


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