embody 1540s, in reference to a soul or spirit invested with a physical form; of principles, ideas, etc., from 1660s; from EN- (Cf. en-) (1) "in" + BODY (Cf. body).

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  • Embody — Em*bod y, v. t. [imp. & p. p. {Embodied}; p. pr. & vb. n. {Embodying}.] To form into a body; to invest with a body; to collect into a body, a united mass, or a whole; to incorporate; as, to embody one s ideas in a treatise. [Written also {imbody} …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • Embody — Em*bod y, v. i. To unite in a body, a mass, or a collection; to coalesce. [Written also {imbody}.] [1913 Webster] Firmly to embody against this court party. Burke. [1913 Webster] …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • embody — [v1] represent; materialize actualize, complete, concretize, demonstrate, emblematize, epitomize, evince, exemplify, exhibit, express, exteriorize, externalize, hypostatize, illustrate, incarnate, incorporate, manifest, mirror, objectify,… …   New thesaurus

  • embody — I verb actualize, constitute, corporealize, exhibit in visible form, express in concrete form, form, give concrete form to, give definite form to, give tangible form to, incarnate, includere, incorporate, integrate, interblend, interfuse,… …   Law dictionary

  • embody — 1 incarnate, materialize, externalize, objectify, *realize, actualize, hypostatize, reify Analogous words: invest, *clothe: illustrate, *exemplify: manifest, demonstrate, evidence, evince, *show Antonyms: disembody 2 incorporate, assimilate,… …   New Dictionary of Synonyms

  • embody — ► VERB (embodies, embodied) 1) give a tangible or visible form to (an idea or quality). 2) include or contain as a constituent part. DERIVATIVES embodiment noun …   English terms dictionary

  • embody — [em bäd′ē, imbäd′ē] vt. embodied, embodying 1. to give bodily form to; make corporeal; incarnate 2. to give definite, tangible, or visible form to; make concrete [a speech embodying democratic ideals] 3. to bring together into an organized whole… …   English World dictionary

  • embody — embodier, n. /em bod ee/, v.t., embodied, embodying. 1. to give a concrete form to; express, personify, or exemplify in concrete form: to embody an idea in an allegorical painting. 2. to provide with a body; incarnate; make corporeal: to embody a …   Universalium

  • embody — verb a) To represent in a physical form; to incarnate or personify As the car salesperson approached, wearing a plaid suit and slicked back hair, he seemed to embody sleaze. b) To include or represent, especially as part of a cohesive whole The… …   Wiktionary

  • embody — v. (D; tr.) to embody in * * * [ɪm bɒdɪ] (D; tr.) to embody in …   Combinatory dictionary

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