One of the mysteries of the English language finally explained.
1with object To re-form (a group of people) into a body; to re-establish or reconstitute (a group, an organization, etc.), especially for military purposes. Also †without object: to re-form oneself into a body (obsolete). Compare "embody". Now rare.
2no object To restore (a soul, spirit, etc.) to bodily form; to reincarnate. Also without object: to be reincarnated.
3In figurative and extended use: to bring back to life; to recreate.
4with object To give new form or expression to (a view, principle, etc.); (also) to be a new embodiment or expression of (an abstract concept, quality, etc.).
Mid 17th century. From re- + embody.
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