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embrace (1 is not recorded before S.)
1. to welcome as a friend, companion, or the like Cor. IV. vii. 10, Tim. I. i. 45, Cym. III. iv. 179 “With joy he will you” ; to welcome or receive (a thing) joyfully Ado I. i. 106, Tw.N. II. v. 161 [150], R2 I. iii. 89 “ His golden uncontroll'd enfranchisement,” Troil. IV. i. 14, Ham. V. ii. 266; (hence) to submit to with resignation Wiv. V. v. 263 [251] “What cannot be eschew'd must be e-'d,” Mac. III. i. 137 “embrace the fate Of that dark hour.”
2. to cherish, devote oneself to, cling to Mer.V. II. viii. 52 “his e-d heaviness,” AYL. I. ii. 191 “ your own safety,” R2 I. iii. 184, Ant. III. xi. [xiii.] 56
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