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 e-mail) 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 embedment (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 Holiday movies have become firmly embedded in Americans’ winter celebrations. S. Brent Rodriguez-plate, The Conversation, "What makes Christmas movies so popular," 6 Dec. 2019 For instance, cars embedded with variations of the technology could more safely navigate roads by taking in account the actions of other drivers. Jonathan Vanian, Fortune, "Facebook’s A.I. Masters the Card Game Hanabi," 6 Dec. 2019 Once the concrete hardens, the carbon becomes permanently embedded. CNN, "LinkedIn is getting serious about eco-friendly buildings," 2 Dec. 2019 Even if the target did not pick up the phone, NSO’s technology would become embedded in the phone and provide access to all of its contents. Nicole Perlroth, New York Times, "WhatsApp Says Israeli Firm Used Its App in Spy Program," 29 Oct. 2019 Round tables are so embedded in our minds with weddings and nonprofit galas, the rectangle freshens it up. Olivia Martin, Town & Country, "Did Instagram Kill the Round Dining Table?," 5 Sep. 2019 Each Maya city state was largely independent, embedded within a complex web of ever-shifting allies and enemies. Lizzie Wade, Science | AAAS, "In search of the ‘white Jaguar’: Archaeologists travel deep into the jungle to find a lost Maya city," 5 Sep. 2019 Why must their names become embedded in our memories? Letters To The Editor, The Mercury News, "Letter: Mercury News glorifies Garlic Festival shooter," 7 Aug. 2019 The flashier fruits of Albert Einstein’s century-old insights are by now deeply embedded in the popular imagination: Black holes, time warps and wormholes show up regularly as plot points in movies, books, TV shows. Wired, "The Simple Idea Behind Einstein’s Greatest Discoveries," 14 July 2019

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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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12 Jan 2020

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“Embed.” The Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster Inc., https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/embed. Accessed 24 January 2020.

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embed

verb
How to pronounce embed (audio)

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 imbed (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 embedment (audio) \ noun

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