embody




To embody a role is to fill it completely. If a high schooler seems to embody the character of Macbeth, his performance might make the audience forget they’re watching a dorky 15-year-old with braces.

If you embody someone, you put him or her “in-body,” as when an actor gives a complete and compelling representation of a character. You can also use embody to describe character traits you see in a person, like, “He embodies truth,” or, “She is the embodiment of goodness.”

Definitions of embody
  1. verb

    represent in bodily form

    “He
    embodies all that is evil wrong with the system”
    synonyms:
    body forth, incarnate, substantiate
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    type of:

    be

    have the quality of being; (copula, used with an adjective or a predicate noun)

  2. verb

    represent, as of a character on stage

    synonyms:
    be, personify
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    types:

    body, personify

    invest with or as with a body; give body to
    exemplify, represent

    be characteristic of
    type of:

    represent, stand for, symbolise, symbolize, typify

    express indirectly by an image, form, or model; be a symbol

  3. verb

    represent or express something abstract in tangible form

    “This painting
    embodies the feelings of the Romantic period”
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    type of:

    represent

    serve as a means of expressing something

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