embed

verb
em·​bed | \im-ˈbed \
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 \ noun

Synonyms & Antonyms for embed

Synonyms

bed, enroot, entrench (also intrench), fix, impact, implant, ingrain (also engrain), lodge, root

Antonyms

dislodge, root (out), uproot

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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 molecules stick to a layer of mucus on the upper surface of the cavity, embedded with olfactory neurons. Tim Folger, Discover Magazine, "How Quantum Mechanics Lets Us See, Smell and Touch," 24 Oct. 2018 The highest point, the Midheaven, is often embedded in your Tenth House and signifies the height of your success. Aliza Kelly Faragher, Allure, "The 12 Astrological Houses: Interpreting Your Birth Chart Beyond the Zodiac," 6 Oct. 2018 One of the rounds hit a counter-protester in the head, becoming embedded in his helmet and injuring him, reports said. Travis Fedschun, Fox News, "Antifa members in Berkeley smash windows of US Marine Corps recruiting office during protest," 6 Aug. 2018 Its embedded with symbols and connections to women, armour and self defence. Lauren Rearick, Teen Vogue, "Australian Fashion Brand Khòlò Faced Backlash After Launching a #MeToo Collection," 13 June 2018 The company has trained the neural networks that run on the drone’s embedded computer to recognize everything from cars to golf carts to 4x4s. Sean O'kane, The Verge, "The Skydio R1 is becoming the drone GoPro should have made," 30 May 2018 It’s embedded in politics, our economic systems, and our social fabric. Diana Budds, Curbed, "How architecture can rebuild itself post #MeToo," 21 May 2018 That's in line with a report Wednesday by NFL Network's Steve Wyche, who's embedded at the Browns facility in Berea. Mary Kay Cabot, cleveland.com, "Hue Jackson is in the loop on the No. 1 pick and other Browns draft buzz," 25 Apr. 2018 Facebook has embedded employees at major political campaigns, including Donald Trump’s in 2016. Alexis C. Madrigal, The Atlantic, "What Congress Should Ask Mark Zuckerberg," 28 Mar. 2018

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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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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 \
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 \ noun

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