embed

verb em·bed \ im-ˈbed \
variants: or less commonly
Updated on: 15 Nov 2017

Definition of embed

embedded also imbedded; embedding also imbedding; embeds also imbeds
transitive verb
1 a :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
2 a :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
intransitive verb
:to become embedded

embedment

play \im-ˈbed-mənt\ noun

Examples of embed in a Sentence

  1. embed a post in concrete

  2. the nails were solidly embedded in those old plaster walls

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First Known Use of embed

circa 1794

embed Synonyms

Synonyms
bed, entrench (also imbed), enroot, fix, impact, implant, ingrain (also engrain), lodge, root
Antonyms
dislodge, root (out), uproot
Related Words
imbue, infuse, instill; beat (into), drive (into); establish, place, put, settle, stick
Near Antonyms
eliminate, eradicate; eject, expel; detach, disconnect, disengage, remove

EMBED Defined for English Language Learners

embed

verb

Definition of embed for English Language Learners

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


EMBED Defined for Kids

embed

verb em·bed \ im-ˈbed \

Definition of embed for Students

embedded; embedding
:to enclose in or as if in a surrounding substance
  • Workers embedded the posts in concrete.

Medical Dictionary

embed

transitive verb em·bed
variants: also imbed play \im-ˈbed\

medical Definition of embed

embedded also imbedded; embedding also imbedding
:to prepare (a microscopy specimen) for sectioning by infiltrating with and enclosing in a supporting substance

embedment

play \-ˈbed-mənt\ noun


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