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

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


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

  2. verb

    represent, as of a character on stage

    be, personify
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    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:


    serve as a means of expressing something

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