Definition of embark
1 : to go on board a vehicle for transportation the troops embarked at noon
2 : to make a start embarked on a new career
1 : to cause to go on board (a boat, an airplane, etc.)
2 : to engage, enlist, or invest in an enterprise
embarkationplay \ˌem-ˌbär-ˈkā-shən, -bər-\ noun
embarkmentplay \im-ˈbärk-mənt\ noun
Examples of embark in a Sentence
The troops are waiting to embark.
Millions of Europeans embarked for America in the late 19th century.
Recent Examples of embark from the Web
After the flight fell through, the four ballplayers piled into an Uber at 2:55 a.m. and embarked on the seven-hour journey from Phoenix to Albuquerque to make the Rainiers’ game against the Isotopes that day.
And Myanmar, after years of isolation and repression, embarked on an unexpected transition to democracy.
Of course, former Auburn star Cam Newton didn't really embark on his fashion journeys until getting to the NFL.
Between releasing Lemonade, embarking on the Formation World Tour, and headlining the 2016 Super Bowl halftime show, Beyoncé was pretty busy last year.
Dandong city is the main crossing point to North Korea, and every day hundreds of tourists embark on small boats for a cruise on the Yalu border river and a fleeting glimpse of another world.
President Barack Obama would embark on an extended annual visit to Martha’s Vineyard.
Still, the decision to reduce the Fed’s holdings came across as a sign of optimism for an economic recovery embarking on its ninth year.
Cage Dive clearly did not watch Mandy Moore in 47 Meters Down before deciding to embark on yet another shark cage diving experience on the big screen.
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Origin and Etymology of embark
Middle French embarquer, from Old Occitan embarcar, from em- (from Latin in-) + barca bark
First Known Use: 1533See Words from the same year
EMBARK Defined for English Language Learners
Definition of embark for English Language Learners
: to begin a journey especially on a ship or airplane
EMBARK Defined for Kids
Definition of embark for Students
1 : to go on or put on board a ship or an airplane The last of the passengers embarked.
2 : to begin a project or task She embarked on a new career.
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