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 Morris is about to embark on similar paths taken by Garcia and Brandeis coach Maddie Williams. David Hinojosa, San Antonio Express-News, 6 Aug. 2022 The band is about to embark on an extensive arena and stadium tour, the North American portion of which begins Aug. 19 in Vancouver and wraps Oct. 10 in Washington, D.C. Jonathan Cohen, SPIN, 5 Aug. 2022 Now, the beloved show about a group of country veterinarians in England’s Yorkshire Dales is about to embark on its own dark chapter as its characters look ahead to the horrors of World War II. Manori Ravindran, Variety, 28 July 2022 Giles said that both congregations are excited to embark on this next chapter of finding a new name and clergy, as well as solidifying how the church will operate going into the future. Alison Cross, Hartford Courant, 27 June 2022 Brie's about to embark on a different legal battle, though. Sara Netzley, EW.com, 20 July 2022 The 28-year-old K-pop star star is about to embark on his solo adventure, with a debut album coming later this month, led by a single, whose title was revealed on Monday (June 27) on his social media. Hannah Dailey, Billboard, 27 June 2022 That the Padres were able to poach Oakland’s career leader in managerial victories was a thunderbolt in the moment last October, and the first signal that the A’s were about to embark on another rebuilding project. New York Times, 7 June 2022 The news comes just as Moore is about to embark on tour. Zoe Sottile, CNN, 4 June 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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12 Aug 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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