The word has two distinct meanings in the Old Testament:

(1) to clasp and hold fondly in the arms, pointing to a common custom (Genesis 29:13; 33:4; 48:10; 2 Kings 4:16; Song of Solomon 2:6; 8:3 compare Acts 20:10), and

(2) to have sexual intercourse (Proverbs 4:8; 5:20; Ecclesiastes 3:5). It seems to have acquired this technical sense in later Jewish usage.

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Orr, James, M.A., D.D. General Editor. "Entry for 'EMBRACE'". "International Standard Bible Encyclopedia". 1915.  

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