"embraced" in the verb sense
1. embrace, encompass, comprehend, cover
include in scope include as part of something broader have as one's sphere or territory
"This group encompasses a wide range of people from different backgrounds"
"this should cover everyone in the group"
2. embrace, hug, bosom, squeeze
hold (someone) tightly in your arms, usually with fondness
"Hug me, please"
"He hugged her close to him"
3. espouse, embrace, adopt, sweep up
take up the cause, ideology, practice, method, of someone and use it as one's own
"She embraced Catholicism"
"They adopted the Jewish faith"
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