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

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

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Shinise firms are also very much embedded in the communities where they are based. Innan Sasaki, Quartz at Work, "How to build a business that will last centuries," 10 June 2019 Winning difficult games is embedded in the Warriors’ muscle memory, pulsing through their collective veins. Ann Killion, SFChronicle.com, "Warriors need another visit from Elimination Game Klay Thompson," 9 June 2019 The segment opened with an introduction to the Smiths' role in Jordyn's life (the video is embedded below). Rachel Epstein, Marie Claire, "What Jordyn Woods' Red Table Talk Interview Revealed About the Cheating Drama," 1 Mar. 2019 New landscaped berms buffer the traffic’s noise, while paths weaving around the rest of the park are embedded to preserve sightlines of both the arch and the Mississippi River. Julie V. Iovine, WSJ, "The Best Architecture of 2018: Building for Complex Experiences," 14 Dec. 2018 In a time when identity politics have become embedded in twenty-first-century consciousness, the fact that Tisci chose the image of a unicorn to accompany him for his Vogue portrait reverberates with resonances. Vogue, "How These 12 Boundary-Breaking Designers Continue to Think Globally," 13 Aug. 2018 But these are radical positions only because the right wing has so successfully embedded hostility to welfare and government services in American political life. Sarah Jones, The New Republic, "Bernie Sanders Is Not the Left," 26 June 2018 The highway's conventional road surface will be overlain with interlocking concrete slabs, each 56 feet long and featuring Wi-Fi connectivity and embedded fiber optic cables that act as pressure sensors. David Cox /, NBC News, "Can smart roads save lives? New test may provide answer," 25 June 2018 From memes to documentaries to crazy-complex theories and praise from cultural critics, that trilogy feels nearly as embedded in pop culture as the holy, untouchable original one. Brendan Nystedt, WIRED, "Solo: A Star Wars Story," 29 May 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 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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