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 One of the most supreme tests of sporting endurance, the event is also embedded in French culture and society, will millions of fans lining the roads to watch the Tour. George Ramsay, CNN, "Can the Tour de France go ahead without the 'soul of the sport?'," 1 Apr. 2020 In this case, though, when spotlighting compositions already embedded into our national repertoire, the effect is to shift our attention from the song to the artist. Bob Doerschuk, USA TODAY, "James Taylor covers the Great American Songbook faithfully and masterfully in 'American Standard'," 28 Feb. 2020 The Radeon talk starts at the 5:36 mark in the video embedded below. Brad Chacos, PCWorld, "High-end Navi GPUs and ray tracing are coming to Radeon graphics cards, AMD CEO teases," 8 Jan. 2020 But if group loyalty is so embedded, why are allegiances flexible? The Economist, "Does your brain care about other people? It depends," 4 Nov. 2019 Although the geode is embedded in rocks that are about 250 million years old, the crystals themselves are much younger than that. Sid Perkins, Science | AAAS, "How the world’s largest geode grew to half the size of a small bedroom," 18 Oct. 2019 Homer was young during the war — so young, in his 20s while embedded with Union regiments — which leaves me speculating about a crisis of confidence amid the devastation. BostonGlobe.com, "CAMBRIDGE — “Winslow Homer: Eyewitness” begins with a gamut of the young artist’s fast-and-furious Civil War drawings, which were the visual meat of Harper’s Weekly’s reportage from the era. But really, that’s just curator Ethan Lasser clearing his throat.," 4 Oct. 2019 Here's his recipe (video embedded below): Romulan Ale 1 oz. Jennifer Ouellette, Ars Technica, "Boldly going where no palate has gone before: A Star Trek wine tasting," 4 Oct. 2019 This is potentially significant since the tool is embedded in other services and could be exploited to cause more global outages. Lily Hay Newman, WIRED, "Hidden Algorithm Flaws Expose Websites to DoS Attacks," 8 Aug. 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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5 Apr 2020

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“Embed.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/embed. Accessed 8 Apr. 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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