AskDefine | Define embody

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1 represent in bodily form; "He embodies all that is evil wrong with the system"; "The painting substantiates the feelings of the artist" [syn: incarnate, body forth, substantiate]
2 represent, as of a character on stage; "Derek Jacobi was Hamlet" [syn: be, personify]
3 represent or express something abstract in tangible form; "This painting embodies the feelings of the Romantic period" [also: embodied]

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  1. 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.
  2. To include or represent, especially as part of a cohesive whole
    The US Constitution aimed to embody the ideals of diverse groups of people, from Puritans to Deists.

Derived terms


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

Synonyms, Antonyms and Related Words

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