embark

verb
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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Baltimore City has already embarked on a plan to revitalize the Park Heights area. Rebecca Maitland, Houston Chronicle, "Realtor of the Week: Native Houstonian knows many areas of the city," 10 June 2018 After his arrival in Jerusalem, celebrated with a parade of palms, Jesus embarks on a week of teaching and torture that ends in his crucifixion on Good Friday. Woman's Day Staff, Woman's Day, "When Is Palm Sunday? Here's Everything You Need to Know," 4 Mar. 2019 China did report extremely strong credit growth in January, sparking hopes that Beijing is embarking on a new round of policy stimulus. Aaron Back, WSJ, "Coke and Pepsi Leave Different Aftertastes," 15 Feb. 2019 Judging by the breakneck trailer, Violet embarks on a whirlwind tour that tests her mettle in every way. Dan Barna, Teen Vogue, "Elle Fanning Stars in "Teen Spirit" Trailer as a Pop Star," 27 Dec. 2018 After their first song becomes an Internet breakout, a father/daughter musical duo embarks on a journey of love, growing up and musical discovery. Barbara Vandenburgh, azcentral, "'Hearts Beat Loud' with Nick Offerman is an absolute charm," 14 June 2018 Bela Fleck, Chick Corea and Dave Matthews among them – embarks on his most unusual collaboration yet: the Fun and Funk Xplosion Tour. Courtney Devores, charlotteobserver, "8 buzzworthy concerts coming to Charlotte in the next week | Charlotte Observer," 25 Apr. 2018 Andrew Cunanan embarks on cross-country killing spree. Merrie Monteagudo, sandiegouniontribune.com, "History in headlines," 15 Apr. 2018 Now that House Democrats are in charge, the tables are turning as party lawmakers embark on wide-ranging inquiries into President Trump and his administration. Byron Tau, WSJ, "Democrats Adopt GOP Strategy in Fight for Trump Probe Information," 3 Mar. 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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embark

verb

English Language Learners Definition of embark

: to begin a journey especially on a ship or airplane

embark

verb
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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