embed

verb
em·​bed | \ im-ˈbed How to pronounce embed (audio) \
variants: or less commonly
embedded also imbedded; embedding also imbedding; embeds also imbeds

Definition of embed

transitive verb

1a : to enclose closely in or as if in a matrix fossils embedded in stone
b : to make something an integral part of the prejudices embedded in our language
c : to prepare (a microscopy specimen) for sectioning by infiltrating with and enclosing in a supporting substance
d : to insert (a media file, such as a graphic, video, or audio clip) into a computer document (as on a website or in an email) Marketers embed advertisements in subscription mailing-list messages to reach target audiences.— Matthew Mills The company … lets users embed video and audio attachments in E-mail messages.— Matt Richtel
2a : to attach (a journalist) to a military unit for the purpose of covering a conflict Ever since the American-led invasion of Iraq last year, when hundreds of journalists were embedded with military units, people in media circles have been debating whether journalists lose their professional detachment under such circumstances and begin to identify too closely with the troops they are covering.— Robert D. Kaplan
b : to attach (someone) to a group (such as a military unit or government agency) for the purpose of advising, training, or treating its members Implementation of the plan to embed behavior specialists at the brigade level will result in 50 positions being staffed between now and 2013.— Philip Grey Dr. Dawdy … is one of the more unusual relief workers among the thousands who have come to the devastated expanses of Louisiana, Mississippi and Texas in the aftermath of Hurricanes Katrina and Rita. She is officially embedded with the Federal Emergency Management Agency as a liaison to the state's historic preservation office.— John Schwartz
3 : to surround closely a sweet pulp embeds the plum seed

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Other Words from embed

embedment \ im-​ˈbed-​mənt How to pronounce embed (audio) \ noun

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Examples of embed in a Sentence

embed a post in concrete the nails were solidly embedded in those old plaster walls
Recent Examples on the Web The key is to embed any rail plan within a broader consideration of American transport and land use patterns, White said. Mike Pearl, The New Republic, "Could “Amtrak Joe” Revolutionize Public Transport?," 4 Feb. 2021 Marshall and other Morgan officials decided to embed six lectures given by Solve employees into an existing strategic communications course held online this fall. Washington Post, "Ad agency, Morgan State partner for diversity," 20 Dec. 2020 Icons to send messages, make calls, attach files, share photos, and embed voice clips all appear inside the conversation window, though there are some small differences between the Android and iOS apps. David Nield, Popular Mechanics, "Elon Musk Wants You to Use Signal. Listen to Him.," 20 Jan. 2021 Marshall and other Morgan officials decided to embed six lectures given by Solve employees into an existing strategic communications course held online this fall. Washington Post, "Ad agency, Morgan State partner for diversity," 20 Dec. 2020 Taking advantage of a relatively new technology, portable video equipment, the Raymonds embed with police officers at work in the South Bronx, which at the time had the city’s highest crime rate. Richard Brody, The New Yorker, "Sixty-two Films That Shaped the Art of Documentary Filmmaking," 14 Oct. 2020 Marshall and other Morgan officials decided to embed six lectures given by Solve employees into an existing strategic communications course held online this fall. Washington Post, "Ad agency, Morgan State partner for diversity," 20 Dec. 2020 The perpetrators were able to embed malware in a security update issued by the company, based in Austin, Texas. Ben Fox And Frank Bajak, chicagotribune.com, "US agencies, companies secure networks after huge cyber-espionage intrusion: ‘We still have a lot of work to do’," 14 Dec. 2020 The perpetrators were able to embed malware in a security update issued by the company, based in Austin, Texas. Eric Tucker, Anchorage Daily News, "US agencies and companies hacked in monthslong global cyberspying campaign," 14 Dec. 2020

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First Known Use of embed

circa 1794, in the meaning defined at transitive sense 1a

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The first known use of embed was circa 1794

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13 Feb 2021

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“Embed.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/embed. Accessed 4 Mar. 2021.

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embed

verb

English Language Learners Definition of embed

: to place or set (something) firmly in something else

embed

verb
em·​bed | \ im-ˈbed \
embedded; embedding

Kids Definition of embed

: to enclose in or as if in a surrounding substance Workers embedded the posts in concrete.
em·​bed
variants: also imbed \ im-​ˈbed How to pronounce embed (audio) \
embedded also imbedded; embedding also imbedding

Medical Definition of embed

: to prepare (a microscopy specimen) for sectioning by infiltrating with and enclosing in a supporting substance

Other Words from embed

embedment \ -​ˈbed-​mənt How to pronounce embed (audio) \ noun

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