embark

verb em·bark \ im-ˈbärk \

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

embarkation

play \ˌem-ˌbär-ˈkā-shən, -bər-\ noun

embarkment

play \im-ˈbärk-mənt\ noun

Examples of embark in a Sentence

  1. The troops are waiting to embark.

  2. Millions of Europeans embarked for America in the late 19th century.

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Origin and Etymology of embark

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



EMBARK Defined for English Language Learners

embark

verb

Definition of embark for English Language Learners

  • : to begin a journey especially on a ship or airplane


EMBARK Defined for Kids

embark

verb em·bark \ im-ˈbärk \

Definition of embark for Students

embarked; embarking
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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