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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The university’s supporters have embarked on a desperate scramble to persuade lawmakers to override the governor’s line-item veto, which would reduce the operating funds the university system gets from the state by 41 percent. Mike Baker, New York Times, "Blindsided by a ‘Devastating’ Veto, Alaska’s University System Pleads for a Lifeline," 7 July 2019 The museum, however, has recently embarked on an effort to digitize the thousands of documents in the museum's archives so that they can be consumed by the public. Paul Gattis | Pgattis@al.com, al.com, "Rocket center to recreate von Braun’s Marshall office, including desk with secret signature," 6 July 2019 Because of this trend, the food industry has embarked on a quest to find or develop the perfect substitute to replace sugar—with the same taste and none of the calories that lead to weight gain. Jamie Pitlick, Quartzy, "The best and worst sugar substitutes for your health," 3 July 2019 Christian and his friends have embarked on a remote Scandinavian holiday in search of cultural enrichment with a strong dash of hedonism. David Sims, The Atlantic, "Ari Aster’s Midsommar Is a Sun-Drenched Horror Triumph," 2 July 2019 At the same time, new home brands have surfaced in the past 15 years or have embarked on rapid expansions. Maria Halkias, Dallas News, "Pier 1 Imports gets buried in a crowded home furnishings market," 30 June 2019 The Taylor troupe has now embarked on an ambitious international tour—two to three years—as if to nail his story into the annals. Joan Acocella, The New Yorker, "Can Modern Dance Be Preserved?," 24 June 2019 Since 2007, McCartney and his band have embarked on nine concert tours as well as performed at the 2005 NFL Super Bowl halftime show and such major festivals as Coachella, Bonnaroo, Lollapalooza and Desert Trip. San Diego Union-Tribune, "Paul McCartney still ‘Fab ‘at 77, still on tour, has four albums due out in July," 20 June 2019 Up to that point, Beck, who was born without a left hand and forearm, hadn't embarked on any outdoor activities with other disabled people. Jayme Moye, National Geographic, "How a one-handed champion is reinventing rock climbing," 17 June 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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More Definitions for embark

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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