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.

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Now, the development stalwart has embarked on what appears to be the creation of a dramatically widening portfolio of office sites and buildings in downtown San Jose. George Avalos, The Mercury News, "Downtown San Jose office tower being bought by big developer," 4 June 2019 Reuters/Thomas Peter/File Photo In recent years, Japan has embarked on a series of reforms to address the problems plaguing its workplaces, including excessively long hours and rigid work arrangements. Isabella Steger, Quartz at Work, "Japan finally passed laws to prevent “pawa hara,” or workplace bullying," 30 May 2019 Seniors at Poway Unified School District high schools will be embarking upon the next phase of their lives when thousands of members in the Class of 2018 graduate on Thursday. Elizabeth Marie Himchak And Emily Sorensen, Pomerado News, "Class of 2018 ends its high school years," 13 June 2018 Jordan has embarked on a statewide grass-roots campaign. Cynthia Sewell, idahostatesman, "May primary gives Democrats the most choices for governor since 1998 | Idaho Statesman," 10 May 2018 Mitch Landrieu of New Orleans, whose second term ends in May, has embarked on a national book tour speaking about race relations. Bloomberg News, NOLA.com, "No mayor has ever made the direct jump to president. Could it happen in 2020?," 30 Apr. 2018 Thankfully, the pair changed their minds about the short split and has now embarked on the path to happily ever after. Kara Nesvig, Teen Vogue, "Sophie Turner Opened Up About Having a Relationship in the Public Eye and How She and Joe Jonas Once Broke Up for 24 Hours," 21 May 2019 Hezbollah has meanwhile embarked on a major campaign to compensate for the shortfall in Iranian funding by soliciting donations. Suzan Haidamous, The Seattle Times, "Trump’s sanctions on Iran are hitting Hezbollah hard," 18 May 2019 Friedman was called to Washington to help the Trump administration prepare to present its forthcoming Middle East peace plan, but the ambassador then embarked on a vacation, signaling that the administration was in no hurry to present its plan. Ariel Kahana, Sun-Sentinel.com, "White House to present Trump's Mideast peace plan some time after August," 19 June 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 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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