Hug and Embrace are two action words. It will be very difficult to figure out the differences between the two words if you do not have an understanding of the usage of the words. Hug and embrace have almost the same meaning. Hug simply means to cling so tightly with someone, especially in the arms. This is a particular way of showing affection to someone.
Embrace also has the same meaning as a hug. For example, John hugged/embraced Esther until he felt better. The major difference between hug and embrace will be discussed in relation to how they are used in a sentence. A hug is most times used as a verb, but it can also be used as a noun, for example, I'm looking for someone who will give me a hug. Embrace, on the other hand, can also be used as a verb and also, as a noun. Aside from, embrace has other meanings. It can be used to show that you are in support of someone's idea. For example, I embraced Paul's idea because it looked good to me.
A hug and an embrace or both forms of physical contact; however, a hug usually is more casual, whereas, an embrace is often a shared exchange between two people who are in love. It may even come across as if the two people embracing want to hold on to one another endlessly because it can get that intimate. Hugs can be exchanged between friends and family, and most casual situations where both involve the act of holding someone with affection.
Hugs mean more of a squeezing action. An embrace is keeping a tighter hold, and it may last a lot longer than a hog. An embrace could also mean keeping, or holding onto a belief, or even an acceptance of something, such as faith or trust in God or Jesus. An example would be embracing Jesus Christ as our Savior. Another example would be embracing changes in our lives whereas some people don’t like change.