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

  • transitive v. To enclose protectively; envelop.
  • transitive v. Archaic To clasp to or hold in the bosom.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • v. To draw to or into one's bosom; to treasure.
  • v. To enclose, surround, or protect.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • transitive v. To take into, or place in, the bosom; to cherish; to foster.
  • transitive v. To inclose or surround; to shelter closely; to place in the midst of something.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • To take into or hold in the bosom; hold in nearness or intimacy; admit to the heart or affections; cherish.
  • To inclose; embrace; encircle.


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  • We give ourselves in all seriousness to horticulture, and embosom the chalet in flowers, of which we are passionately fond.

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  • That in years gone by — how long gone by I cannot tell, but I think some centuries — before the city had over-spread this quarter, and when it was tilled ground and avenue, and such deep and leafy seclusion as ought to embosom a religious house-that something had happened on this site which, rousing fear and inflicting horror, had left to the place the inheritance of a ghost-story.


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  • Other parts are laid into floors, or wrought into wainscoting, or carved for frames of noble pictures, or fashioned into chairs that embosom the weakness of old age.

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  • The deep forests of evergreen pine that embosom that lake shall typify the ever green spot in our memory where shall cluster the pleasant recollections of our varied experiences on that expedition.

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  • So, brethren, Christ's love is round about us all, as some sunny tropical sea may embosom in its violet waves a multitude of luxuriant and happy islets.

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