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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The tell is the new tagging feature embedded in Restrict. Kaitlyn Tiffany, Vox, "How will Instagram’s new anti-bullying features actually work?," 9 July 2019 The big twist arrives swiftly, set in a Prague bar where a clueless Peter decides to entrust Beck with E.D.I.T.H., an advanced virtual assistant embedded in a pair of Tony Stark’s sunglasses. Sonia Rao, Washington Post, "In ‘Spider-Man: Far From Home,’ Jake Gyllenhaal leans into his penchant for peculiarity," 8 July 2019 Tradeoffs among equity, efficiency, and political factors embedded in this span of proposals deserve discussion that cannot occur when all sides of the political spectrum cower behind ambiguous phrases. Ann Mongoven, The Mercury News, "Opinion: Democratic debates show need for clear language on health care reform," 7 July 2019 Perhaps a surreptitious Santa left you a surprise gift, embedded in a light fixture or electrical socket. Popular Mechanics Editors, Popular Mechanics, "How to Tell If Someone Is Bugging or Tracking You," 7 July 2019 Veterans tell me that medical practice standards embedded in the initiative are driving vets to suicide by denying them treatment with opioid pain relievers. STAT, "Stop persecuting doctors for legitimately prescribing opioids for chronic pain," 28 June 2019 The dark lines in the spiral arms represent dust, which cloak the stars embedded in it or behind it. Ashley Strickland, CNN, "Dazzling new views of the Whirlpool galaxy captured by NASA," 27 June 2019 Emails embedded in the complaint show a pattern of collusion among drug manufacturers to hinder competition, boost prices and restrain trade across the industry, Tong said. courant.com, "AG: Emails highlight collusion among generic drug manufacturers," 24 June 2019 It's been about 15 years since a synthetic replacement first was developed for the component in horseshoe crab blood that detects those harmful toxins embedded in the walls of bacteria. Maddy Lauria, baltimoresun.com, "Using synthetic crab blood substitute in biomedical testing could help save horseshoe crabs and shorebirds," 22 June 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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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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