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 embarkation (audio) , -​bər-​ \ noun
embarkment \ im-​ˈbärk-​mənt How to pronounce embarkment (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 Thursday's events are part of several bus tours Pence has embarked on ahead of Trump rallies in key states. Katherine Doyle, Washington Examiner, "Pence tells evangelicals he is a Christian first and a conservative second," 30 Jan. 2020 Over the final 12:30 of the first half, the Mountaineers outscored the Longhorns 28-7, at one point embarking on a devastating 20-0 run. Nick Moyle, ExpressNews.com, "Morgantown meltdown: Texas suffers embarrassing defeat to West Virginia," 20 Jan. 2020 Just hours after a date was set for President Donald Trump’s impeachment trial, one of the key figures in the Ukraine scandal embarked on a media push on Wednesday night. Time, "Lev Parnas Hits the Airwaves on the Eve of Trump's Impeachment Trial," 17 Jan. 2020 Verily, the Alphabet (GOOG) life sciences spinout, has embarked on a partnership with the diabetes device company to make a first-of-its-kind glucose monitor. Elizabeth Cooney, STAT, "Pharmalittle: Tension in the Verily-Dexcom tango; not so fast on the Pfizer-GSK spinoff," 16 Jan. 2020 Helicopters embarked on destroyers and cruisers frequently get sprayed with salt water, while aircraft on the flight decks of carriers might get salt fog or mist. Kyle Mizokami, Popular Mechanics, "Rust: The U.S. Navy's $3 Billion-a-Year Oxidation Problem," 15 Jan. 2020 Early Saturday morning, the caravan of five truck filled with donations embarked on its journey. Amanda Jackson, CNN, "These women traveled 4 hours with 5 trucks of supplies to cook meals for exhausted Australian firefighters," 7 Jan. 2020 Drawn from the ranks of British film and theater and international dance—plus Taylor Swift—most of them seem to have shown up on set with the élan of a child embarking on summer vacation. Daniel Drake, The New York Review of Books, "The Slog Comes in on Little Cat Feet," 4 Jan. 2020 So the industry has embarked on a frenzied hunt for donkeys elsewhere. Christa Lesté-lasserre, Science | AAAS, "Chinese trade in hides has led to global donkey massacre," 12 Dec. 2019

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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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The first known use of embark was in 1533

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25 Feb 2020

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“Embark.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/embark. Accessed 28 Feb. 2020.

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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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