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 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 For this level of care to embed itself in our idea of the director, though, is something else — a feat of canny marketing, for one thing. K. Austin Collins, Rolling Stone, 21 Apr. 2022 To foster a user-centric tech culture, embed a customer experience lead into key development teams. Expert Panel®, Forbes, 25 Mar. 2022 Boomerang is a browser extension that can embed a live view of your schedule in Gmail messages. Nicole Nguyen, WSJ, 6 Feb. 2022 It’s been rumored that Apple would ideally like to embed its Face ID sensor underneath the display itself, but there’s no indication that that is coming anytime soon. Yoni Heisler, BGR, 2 Mar. 2022 For her, rebuilding it can only come after a thorough investigation into what happened – why authorities allowed the protest to embed itself in the capital, a move that cost police chief Peter Sloly his job. Sara Miller Llana, The Christian Science Monitor, 25 Feb. 2022 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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“Embed.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/embed. Accessed 18 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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