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

Keep scrolling for more

Other Words from embed

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

Synonyms & Antonyms for embed

Synonyms

Antonyms

Visit the Thesaurus for More 

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 The Illinois National Guard was embedded at Ludeman and at the Shapiro Developmental Center in Kankakee for a week in April to help with health monitoring and temperature checks, Powers said. Jennifer Smith Richards, ProPublica, "More Than 1 in 5 Illinoisans Living in State Homes for Adults With Disabilities Have Tested Positive for the Coronavirus," 22 May 2020 The fly line shot across my face, and the hook embedded in my left eye. The Editors, Field & Stream, "The 10 Most Gruesome, Shocking, and Bizarre Survival Stories Ever," 14 Apr. 2020 Kahindo launched in 2009 by Kahindo Mateene has continued to remain embedded in its cultural roots. Nandi Howard, Essence, "Kahindo Celebrates 10 Years Of Ethical Fashion," 1 Apr. 2020 Five pieces of shrapnel are still embedded in her spine. Brett Murphy, USA Today, "Inside the U.S. military raid against its own security guards that left dozens of Afghan children dead," 30 Dec. 2019 This elegant case is embedded with particles of glass crystal that give it a brilliant sparkle in the light. Benjamin Levin, CNN Underscored, "Protect your new Pixel 4 with one of these tough cases," 16 Oct. 2019 While the kicks clearly bear Ahn’s playful stamp, they’re still embedded in the history of the Converse brand. Liam Hess, Vogue, "The Story Behind Yoon Ahn’s Converse x Ambush Collaboration," 10 Oct. 2019 The cause might just be embedded in the fibers of your couch. oregonlive.com, "Could your furniture be causing your cat to develop thyroid disease?," 13 Aug. 2019 These are images that explore both the boundaries of an ancient form and the other, quieter message that has always been embedded within it: that the objects in the frame are not dead yet, only changing — that there is life, still. Michael Snyder, New York Times, "Still Life With Fly Swatter, or Hourglass, or Lemons," 12 May 2020

These example sentences are selected automatically from various online news sources to reflect current usage of the word 'embed.' Views expressed in the examples do not represent the opinion of Merriam-Webster or its editors. Send us feedback.

See More

First Known Use of embed

circa 1794, in the meaning defined at transitive sense 1a

Keep scrolling for more

Learn More about embed

Time Traveler for embed

Time Traveler

The first known use of embed was circa 1794

See more words from the same year

Statistics for embed

Last Updated

31 May 2020

Cite this Entry

“Embed.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/embed. Accessed 4 Jun. 2020.

Keep scrolling for more

More Definitions for embed

embed

verb
How to pronounce embed (audio)

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

Keep scrolling for more

More from Merriam-Webster on embed

Thesaurus: All synonyms and antonyms for embed

Rhyming Dictionary: Words that rhyme with embed

Spanish Central: Translation of embed

Nglish: Translation of embed for Spanish Speakers

Britannica English: Translation of embed for Arabic Speakers

Comments on embed

What made you want to look up embed? Please tell us where you read or heard it (including the quote, if possible).

WORD OF THE DAY

See Definitions and Examples »

Get Word of the Day daily email!

Test Your Vocabulary

May 2020 Words of the Day Quiz

  • a blooming wisteria tree
  • Which is a synonym of exiguous?
Spell It

Can you spell these 10 commonly misspelled words?

TAKE THE QUIZ
Bee Cubed

Test Your Knowledge - and learn some interesting things along the way.

TAKE THE QUIZ
Love words? Need even more definitions?

Subscribe to America's largest dictionary and get thousands more definitions and advanced search—ad free!