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

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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 Woodruff was nearly killed during a 2006 attack in Iraq while embedded with U.S. troops for ABC News. Washington Post, "Sheryl Crow and Bruce Springsteen help raise money for vets," 5 Nov. 2019 Oleg Blokhin, a pro-Kremlin reporter embedded with Russian troops in Syria, said in a video on his Facebook page. New York Times, "In Syria, Russia Is Pleased to Fill an American Void," 15 Oct. 2019 The move comes a week after Mr. Trump announced the repositioning of several dozen American troops embedded with Kurdish forces in northern Syria, opening the door for a Turkish offensive against the SDF. CBS News, "U.S. imposes new sanctions on Turkey over Syria offensive," 14 Oct. 2019 An incredible range of new products embedded with AI cameras are starting to hit the market. David Rose, Quartz, "We’ll soon be able to experience reality as we want it. But is that a good thing?," 1 Oct. 2019 The handheld device uses customizable spinning discs embedded with aluminum oxide crystals to remove dead skin. Braelyn Wood, Health.com, "This At-Home Microdermabrasion Pen Is Your Anti-Aging Secret for Fine Lines," 11 Sep. 2019 Being embedded with the 49ers here in northeast Ohio offers time on an off day to catch up on fans’ questions submitted via my Twitter and Instagram: What is the deal with Pettis? Cam Inman, The Mercury News, "49ers mailbag: Why so few snaps for Dante Pettis, Solomon Thomas?," 11 Sep. 2019 Changing in the light The team created a small, thin flexible structure, not unlike a silicone bracelet, that contained one layer embedded with photonic crystals of iron oxide mixed with silicon dioxide. National Geographic, "New 'smart' skin changes color using a trick learned from chameleons," 11 Sep. 2019 The delicate accessory, which can also be embedded with a variety of birthstones, is currently still for sale, retailing from between $124-244. Maria Pasquini, PEOPLE.com, "Meghan Markle Makes Sweet Nod to Husband Prince Harry with Her Stylish U.S. Open Look," 8 Sep. 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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16 Nov 2019

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“Embed.” The Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster Inc., https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/imbeds. Accessed 22 November 2019.

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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

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