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 In a research note published last week, Goldman Sachs said that 169 US industries embed semiconductors in their products. Julia Horowitz, CNN, "The global chip shortage has come for iPads and Macs," 29 Apr. 2021 Princess Sikhanyiso Dlamini of Eswatini discusses her country’s monarchy00:0000:0004:57GO LIVEFacebookTwitterEmailEmbedSpeedNormalAutoplayCopy and paste to share this videoCopy and paste to embed this video Born into a life of service. Liezl Thom, ABC News, "Princess Sikhanyiso Dlamini of Eswatini is looking to the future while embracing her roots," 28 Apr. 2021 Currently, there are ways for content creators to embed within their work metadata about authorship, but there are no standards for conveying attribution information in a secure, tamper-evident way across media platforms. Dan Ikenson, Forbes, "Restoring Public Trust In Technology And Media Is Infrastructure Investment," 15 Apr. 2021 Industry heavyweight John Deere is investing in autonomy and AI to have its tractors embed individual seeds in the ground perfectly at the same distance and depth thousands of times in mere seconds. Washington Post, "Farmers have more mouths to feed. Bring in the robots.," 22 Apr. 2021 Joe Pohlad, the Twins executive vice president of brand strategy and growth, whose family owns the Twins, said the accelerator will enable the organization to embed itself at the intersection of technology, sports and entertainment. Nick Williams, Star Tribune, "Twins, Techstars launching new business accelerator in Minneapolis," 15 Apr. 2021 Rubbing may cause the paint to embed deeper into the rug's fibers and damage your rug further. Daley Quinn, Southern Living, "How To Get Paint Out of Carpet," 14 Apr. 2021 Some companies, Sheikh says, may want to embed Space on their websites so that there’s an easy way for visitors to talk to a sales or customer support specialist. BostonGlobe.com, "An ear for ‘social audio’," 7 Apr. 2021 On Tuesday, Canva released a few more features, including enabling people to embed recordings of people speaking, and giving presenters the option to deliver presentations in real time. Robert Hackett, Fortune, "Aussie design startup Canva’s valuation balloons to $15 billion," 6 Apr. 2021

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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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8 May 2021

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“Embed.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/embed. Accessed 11 May. 2021.

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English Language Learners Definition of embed

: to place or set (something) firmly in something else


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.
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

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embedment \ -​ˈbed-​mənt How to pronounce embed (audio) \ noun

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