Definition of embody in English:


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transitive verbtransitive verb embodies, transitive verb embodying, transitive verb embodied

[with object]
  • 1Be an expression of or give a tangible or visible form to (an idea, quality, or feeling)

    ‘a team that embodies competitive spirit and skill’
    • ‘That these preferences could be expressed as embodying new ideas as well as satisfying specific interests was in our view crucial.’
    • ‘The idea of total war embodies a rare quality among interpretations of the American Civil War: it is without sectional bias.’
    • ‘Social hierarchy cannot and does not exist without being embodied in meanings and expressed in communications.’
    • ‘For better or worse, the paternalism and condescension towards the public which is embodied in the very idea of a publication ban has been fatally short-circuited.’
    • ‘‘Only ideas embodied in people, machines or goods have economic value,’ they write.’
    • ‘As the opera is named after her, Carmen dominates the cast, and every theme and idea is embodied in her character.’
    • ‘We want figures who embody our feelings, represent a wise assimilation and a thoughtful new political response.’
    • ‘The idea of progress embodies the faith - for it is a faith, not the result of any kind of empirical inquiry - that the advance that has occurred in science can be replicated in ethics and politics.’
    • ‘This idea embodies low expectations about economic development.’
    • ‘It is significant that the expression of public disapproval embodied in the Western Australian three strikes law is directed in practice so narrowly at youth offenders.’
    • ‘Models can also be called upon to embody moods or ideas.’
    • ‘Firm but fair, educated but impulsive, he embodies the finer qualities of a paternalistic seafarer proud of his ability to serve his country.’
    • ‘This ambition was embodied in a number of institutions that were set up, or profoundly reformed, at the Liberation.’
    • ‘And it makes sense, too, as other cultures (Arabic and Chinese come to mind) have used symbols and words that embody an idea or state of being for ages.’
    • ‘To be honest, my original idea embodied the somewhat escapist idea that we could go back to the time before the attacks, that we could undo what had happened.’
    • ‘How, specifically, were these ideas embodied in the books themselves?’
    • ‘And they've taken as their own, as their representative American, someone who actually embodies all of those qualities.’
    • ‘Their latest album, the award winning ‘The Simplest Plans’ has earned them a large fan base and a reputation for embodying the spirit of ‘Americana’ music.’
    personify, incorporate, give human form to, give human shape to, realize, manifest, express, concretize, symbolize, represent, epitomize, stand for, encapsulate, typify, exemplify
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    1. 1.1Provide (a spirit) with a physical form.
      ‘nothing of the personality of the Spirit as embodied in Jesus will be lost’
      • ‘The Mowachaht-Muchalaht believe Luna embodies the spirit of their late chief, Ambrose Maquinna, who said he would return to them in the form of a whale after he died.’
  • 2Include or contain (something) as a constituent part.

    ‘the changes in law embodied in the Freedom of Information Act’
    • ‘The terms of settlement are embodied in a long and complex document which also includes agreement between Citigen and the City on a number of other matters, including a waiver on which Citigen relies in this application.’
    • ‘Despite their imposing title, they were not embodied in any constitutional document and were never formally written down.’
    • ‘Their proposal was embodied in an amendment by Senator Daschle.’
    • ‘The first formula that bridged the gap was embodied in the Nairobi Declaration of April 1993.’
    • ‘In this particular case, the parties agreed, and it was embodied in the order of April 11, 2001, that neither would seek interim child support from the other.’
    incorporate, include, contain, take in, consolidate, encompass, assimilate, integrate, concentrate
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  • 3 archaic Form (people) into a body, especially for military purposes.

    • ‘Livius embodied the population of the town’



/əmˈbädē/ /əmˈbɑdi/


Mid 16th century from em-+ body, on the pattern of Latin incorporare.