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Word of the Day: Embrace

Jul 10, 2019 | The Dictionary Project: Word of the Day | 0 comments

em-brace / əmˈbrās
1.      to hold tightly in an affectionate manner; to hug
Each time we embrace someone warmly, we gain an extra day of life.
from ‘Aleph’ by Paulo Coelho, 1947-
2.      to encircle or enclose
You enter the mouth of a valley; the hills reach forth their arms to embrace you, and you consciously enter a new world.
from ‘The Alps’ by Martin Conway, 1856-1937
3.      to take up gladly or readily
Manifest plainness, embrace simplicity, reduce selfishness, have few desires.
Lao Tzu, 601 BC-c. 531 BC
4.      to include as a part
Our task must be to free ourselves by widening our circle of compassion toembrace all living creatures and the whole of nature and its beauty.
Albert Einstein, 1879-1955
5.      to welcome
Winners embrace hard work.
Lou Holtz, 1937-
1.      a hug
The romantic embrace can only be compared with music and with prayer.
Havelock Ellis, 1859-1939
2.      grip
I close my eyes and melt in its embrace, basking in the sweetest balm of forgiveness: that for which one need not even ask.
from ‘The Book of Rachael’ by Leslie Cannold, 1965-
3.      the acceptance of something
Knowledge is recognition of something absent; it is a salutation, not an embrace.
George Santayana, 1863-1952

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By PDG Scott McLaughlin

District Governor 2019-2020
PDG Scott is currently serving as an Assistant Rotary Public Image Coordinator for Zone 29 (Region 36). Scott is a member of the Paul Harris Society and Major Donor.Scott is a Rotarian in the Kearney Dawn Rotary Club of Kearney, NE

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