em·​bark | \ im-ˈbärk \
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 , -​bər-​ \ noun
embarkment \ 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.

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Yet in the last five years as the industry has financially rebounded, larger airlines have embarked on a hiring spree, plucking pilots from the regional airlines, DeLucia said. Anna Orso, Philly.com, "Flying has long been a man's profession. Amid a pilot shortage, will that change?," 12 Apr. 2018 Ford is embarking on an $11 billion restructuring of its overseas businesses that is expected to last several years. Mike Colias, WSJ, "Ford Swings to a Loss, Misses Analysts’ Profit Estimates," 23 Jan. 2019 Now, at age 59, Neeleman is embarking on what might be his riskiest venture yet: to build a new U.S. airline that will carve out a niche serving travelers and communities that lost out in the wave of airline consolidation. Barbara Peterson, Condé Nast Traveler, "JetBlue Founder David Neeleman on How New Airline Moxy Will Change the Way We Fly," 12 Dec. 2018 JoJo is embarking on a tour this spring to support her new EP, dropping November 16, according to Billboard. 5. Carolyn Twersky, Seventeen, "9 Fun Facts About JoJo Siwa," 9 Nov. 2018 Currently, the parents-to-be are currently embarking on a tour of several countries belonging to the British Commonwealth. Mekita Rivas, Teen Vogue, "Meghan Markle Is Being Shamed for Wearing Thigh-High Slit Reformation Dress in Australia," 22 Oct. 2018 Christina Aguilera is embarking on her first show in 10 years, plus Bruno Mars and J. Balvin are kicking off the American legs of their already popular tours. Christopher Rosa, Glamour, "12 Things Happening in Music This Fall You Just Can't Miss," 6 Sep. 2018 Vinciguerra said the resort is embarking on a major employee training program in a bid to add a star. Dawn Gilbertson, azcentral, "Check out the Phoenician resort's fresh look: New spa, golf course, lobby," 11 July 2018 The White House is embarking on an intensive sales campaign that has already enlisted more than 1,000 interest groups, including farmers and religious organizations, to build support for Judge Kavanaugh. New York Times, "Senate Democrats Come Out Swinging in Long-Shot Fight to Block Kavanaugh," 10 July 2018

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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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English Language Learners Definition of embark

: to begin a journey especially on a ship or airplane


em·​bark | \ im-ˈbärk \
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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