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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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 De León embarked on a grueling retail politicking tour up and down California months before the primary, sometimes speaking to crowds of fewer than a dozen people. Taryn Luna, sacbee, "Number two spot in U.S. Senate race up for grabs," 5 June 2018 Advertising Altman will embark on a search for Cleveland’s fifth coach since 2013. Tom Withers, The Seattle Times, "Cavs begin coaching search after parting ways with Drew," 12 Apr. 2019 To save humanity, the US and partner countries embark on an ambitious plan to colonize the Solar System. Andrew Liptak, The Verge, "Our favorite science fiction and fantasy books of 2018," 21 Dec. 2018 Against the setting sun, the tiny turtles that have just hatched on Lara Beach strain against the surf to reach the Mediterranean Sea and embark on their life's journey. Petros Karadjias And Menelaos Hadjicostis, Fox News, "Endangered Green, Loggerhead turtles make comeback in Cyprus," 16 Aug. 2018 The submarines embark on lengthy deterrence patrols, hiding in the world’s oceans, effectively a moving cache of nuclear weapons that an adversary would find extremely difficult to destroy. Kyle Mizokami, Popular Mechanics, "U.S. Submarines Will Soon Carry Tactical Nuclear Weapons," 26 July 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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