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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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 And one of the best ways to monitor product impact is to embed impact data collection and measurement in the product itself. Ariane Bucaille, Forbes, 16 May 2022 Some of his proposals include potentially charging websites a fee to quote or embed tweets from verified accounts. Brendan Morrow, The Week, 12 May 2022 Farrow also said the move by the Waukesha County Sheriff's Office to embed a full-time mental health professional was a step to address the rising number of calls to law enforcement that are related to mental health. Evan Casey, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, 10 May 2022 Last week, Reuters also reported Musk is mulling charging users to embed or quote tweets from verified individuals or groups on the platform. Michael Kan, PCMAG, 4 May 2022 The agency is looking to hire eight civilians who will embed with the transit police and be responsible for checking whether riders have paid fares. Kaitlin Durbin, cleveland, 26 Apr. 2022 Once in the intestines, the worms embed themselves in the mucosa of the small intestines and reproduce. Beth Mole, Ars Technica, 22 Apr. 2022 With three breathing exercises to embed into your daily routine. Deborah Goldstein, Forbes, 13 Apr. 2022 Or, embed 1–4 sets of spokes into a long run, one to two times over the course of the run. Mike Verdisco, Outside Online, 20 Sep. 2021 See More

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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.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/embed. Accessed 24 May. 2022.

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More Definitions for embed


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.


transitive verb
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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