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Invite vs Embrace - What's the difference?

invite | embrace |

As verbs the difference between invite and embrace

is that invite is while embrace is to clasp in the arms with affection; to take in the arms; to hug.

As a noun embrace is

hug (noun); putting arms around someone.




  • To ask for the presence or participation of someone or something.
  • We invited our friends round for dinner.
  • To request formally.
  • I invite you all to be seated.
  • To encourage.
  • I always invite criticism of my definitions.
    Wearing that skimpy dress, you are bound to invite attention.
  • * 1902 , Roosevelt,
  • The refusal to maintain such a navy would invite trouble, and if trouble came would insure disaster.
  • To allure; to draw to; to tempt to come; to induce by pleasure or hope; to attract.
  • * Milton
  • to inveigle and invite the unwary sense
  • * Dryden
  • shady groves, that easy sleep invite
  • * Cowper
  • There no delusive hope invites despair.


    * (ask for the presence or participation of) ask out * (request formally) ask, beseech, entreat, request * (encourage) ask for, encourage, provoke


    (en noun)
  • (informal) An invitation.
  • embrace


    Alternative forms

    * imbrace (obsolete)


  • To clasp in the arms with affection; to take in the arms; to hug.
  • * Shakespeare
  • I will embrace him with a soldier's arm, / That he shall shrink under my courtesy.
  • * Bible, Acts xx. 1
  • Paul called unto him the disciples, and embraced them.
  • (obsolete) To cling to; to cherish; to love.
  • (Shakespeare)
  • To seize eagerly, or with alacrity; to accept with cordiality; to welcome.
  • I wholeheartedly embrace the new legislation.
  • * Shakespeare
  • You embrace the occasion.
  • * John Locke
  • What is there that he may not embrace for truth?
  • To accept; to undergo; to submit to.
  • * Shakespeare
  • I embrace this fortune patiently.
  • To encircle; to encompass; to enclose.
  • * Dryden
  • Not that my song, in such a scanty space, / So large a subject fully can embrace .
  • * Denham
  • Low at his feet a spacious plain is placed, / Between the mountain and the stream embraced .
  • To enfold, to include (ideas, principles, etc.); to encompass.
  • Natural philosophy embraces many sciences.
  • To fasten on, as armour.
  • (Spenser)
  • (legal) To attempt to influence (a jury, court, etc.) corruptly.
  • (Blackstone)


    (en noun)
  • Hug (noun); putting arms around someone.
  • *
  • *:a delighted shout from the children swung him toward the door again. His sister, Mrs. Gerard, stood there in carriage gown and sables, radiant with surprise. ¶ "Phil!  You!   Exactly like you, Philip, to come strolling in from the antipodes—dear fellow!" recovering from the fraternal embrace and holding both lapels of his coat in her gloved hands.
  • (metaphorical) Enfolding, including.