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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There is no easy life for war journalists—foreign correspondents who travel to far-flung parts of the world to embed themselves among violence and atrocity in order to bring the truth of those places to light. Lauren Hubbard, Town & Country, "The True Story of Marie Colvin, the Foreign Correspondent Who Inspired the Film A Private War," 2 Nov. 2018 Puro Down weighted blankets are embedded with glass beads sewn in small compartments, which then results in the blanket pushing your body downwards. Popular Mechanics, "These Weighted Blankets Can Alleviate Stress and Anxiety," 23 Mar. 2019 Basketball is embedded in the DNA of the region thanks to 41 years of the SuperSonics and a lengthy history of producing NBA talent. Stephen Whyno, The Seattle Times, "NHL adds Seattle as league’s 32nd team, play begins in 2021," 5 Dec. 2018 My family’s day-to-day reality is embedded in a place with deep history. Parvannah Lee, Teen Vogue, "I'm From the Navajo Nation and I Want to Help My Community Get Healthy Food," 22 Nov. 2018 The pendants are embedded with color shifting RWB that emit red, white, and blue tones instead of the typical red, green, and blue. Liz Stinson, Curbed, "This high-design pendant light will keep your plants alive," 4 Oct. 2018 The property is seamlessly embedded within Rock Creek Park . . . Michael E. Ruane, Washington Post, "Plans for new Zoo fence and entrance put on hold," 12 July 2018 But none of them have been embedded into a phone like Apple’s new software. New York Times, "I Used Apple’s New Controls to Limit a Teenager’s iPhone Time (and It Worked!)," 11 July 2018 Adam Mysock’s artwork is embedded in six holes in the wall. Susan Dunne, courant.com, "Artists #UNLOAD In Gun Exhibit At Fairfield University," 26 June 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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