em·​bark | \ im-ˈbärk How to pronounce embark (audio) \
embarked; embarking; embarks

Definition of embark

intransitive verb

1 : to go on board a vehicle for transportation the troops embarked at noon
2 : to make a start embarked on a new career

transitive verb

1 : to cause to go on board (a boat, an airplane, etc.)
2 : to engage, enlist, or invest in an enterprise

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Other Words from embark

embarkation \ ˌem-​ˌbär-​ˈkā-​shən How to pronounce embark (audio) , -​bər-​ \ noun
embarkment \ im-​ˈbärk-​mənt How to pronounce embark (audio) \ 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 on the Web So excited to finally embark on this adventure with my creative soul sis @MishaGreen. Tyler Aquilina, EW.com, 21 Aug. 2021 According to Outer Banks showrunner Josh Pate, Big John being alive means that John B will embark on yet another journey of self-discovery. Samantha Olson, Seventeen, 3 Aug. 2021 This post contains spoilers from Monday's episode of The Bachelorette. Despite Michael A.'s unexpected departure last week, Bachelorette Katie Thurston was excited to embark on hometown dates with her final three men: Blake, Greg and Justin. Dana Rose Falcone, PEOPLE.com, 2 Aug. 2021 For the past several months, Milley had been engaged in an alarmed effort to insure that Trump did not embark on a military conflict with Iran as part of his quixotic campaign to overturn the results of the 2020 election and remain in power. Susan B. Glasser, The New Yorker, 15 July 2021 The Chinese, like the Russian men who want to embark on any new life with their mothers by their side, are also baffled by the tendency of American men to plan a solo journey into the future. New York Times, 26 June 2021 Then, travelers will embark on the 90-guest MS Santa Cruz II for a six-day cruise in the Galapagos. Jessica Poitevien, Travel + Leisure, 23 June 2021 How Fly from Moab to Jackson, Wyoming, check into the Amangani, then embark on an extraordinary scenic float on the Snake River, passing herds of elk and moose while eagles and ospreys hunt for their dinner. Klara Glowczewska, Town & Country, 2 June 2021 The network announced that Horwich would embark on a study of children’s programming in Europe. Ron Grossman, chicagotribune.com, 14 May 2021

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First Known Use of embark

1533, in the meaning defined at intransitive sense 1

History and Etymology for embark

Middle French embarquer, from Old Occitan embarcar, from em- (from Latin in-) + barca bark

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17 Sep 2021

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“Embark.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/embark. Accessed 21 Sep. 2021.

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English Language Learners Definition of embark

: to begin a journey especially on a ship or airplane


em·​bark | \ im-ˈbärk How to pronounce embark (audio) \
embarked; embarking

Kids Definition of embark

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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