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

Other Words from embark

embarkation \ ˌem-​ˌbär-​ˈkā-​shən How to pronounce embark (audio) , -​bər-​ \ noun
embarkment \ im-​ˈbärk-​mənt How to pronounce embark (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 Emo favorites Sunny Day Real Estate will embark on their first tour in 12 years. Althea Legaspi, Rolling Stone, 16 May 2022 In each episode, Hough will team up with a celebrity guest to embark on a journey to uncover the global cultural traditions that shape dance. Carson Burton, Variety, 16 May 2022 The timing worked out for both of them to embark on this capsule, and the process of extending Miaou’s sizing as a whole, starting with the core collection. Sarah Spellings, Vogue, 12 May 2022 The unexpected persistence of high inflation has caused the Fed to embark on what may become its fastest series of interest rate increases in 33 years. Christopher Rugaber, Chicago Tribune, 11 May 2022 The fact that there is some ambiguity to the term may be a good starting point for the two countries to embark on a dialogue about whether antisatellite testing, for instance, is a peaceful activity. Bin Li, Scientific American, 9 May 2022 Most people that embark on such an endeavor unfortunately do not have exquisite taste. Emma Reynolds, Robb Report, 6 May 2022 In 1981, a group of women architects—trade-union activists, budding academics, former squatters—gathered in North London to embark on a new project. Divya Subramanian, The Atlantic, 2 May 2022 Medley is about to embark on a tour across several US states to promote the liquor. Jordan Valinsky, CNN, 1 May 2022 See More

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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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20 May 2022

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“Embark.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/embark. Accessed 24 May. 2022.

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More Definitions for embark


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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