embark

verb
em·​bark | \ im-ˈbärk How to pronounce embark (audio) \
embarked; embarking; embarks

Definition of embark

intransitive verb

1 : to go on board a vehicle for transportation the troops embarked at noon
2 : to make a start embarked on a new career

transitive verb

1 : to cause to go on board (a boat, an airplane, etc.)
2 : to engage, enlist, or invest in an enterprise

Other Words from embark

embarkation \ ˌem-​ˌbär-​ˈkā-​shən How to pronounce embark (audio) , -​bər-​ \ noun
embarkment \ im-​ˈbärk-​mənt How to pronounce embark (audio) \ noun

Examples of embark in a Sentence

The troops are waiting to embark. Millions of Europeans embarked for America in the late 19th century.
Recent Examples on the Web Pernas, 32, were on The Young and the Restless from 2015 to 2016, but didn't embark on their romance until years later. Ally Mauch, PEOPLE.com, 29 Dec. 2021 In the future, the Wander Women want to head overseas and embark on famous hikes across the globe. Francesca Street, CNN, 17 Dec. 2021 During their last days of summer and childhood — the weekend before middle school begins — four girls struggle with the harsh truths of growing up and embark on a mysterious adventure. Brent Lang, Variety, 9 Dec. 2021 During their last days of summer and childhood — the weekend before middle school begins — four girls struggle with the harsh truths of growing up and embark on a mysterious adventure. Natalie Lin, Vulture, 9 Dec. 2021 During their last days of summer and childhood — the weekend before middle school begins — four girls struggle with the harsh truths of growing up and embark on a mysterious adventure. Mary Sollosi, EW.com, 9 Dec. 2021 The start-up expects to be generating annual revenues of £1m by the first quarter of the 2022 and to embark on a further fund-raising in the second quarter. David Prosser, Forbes, 19 Oct. 2021 The mission will leave Earth from the Kennedy Space Center in Florida on Sept. 15 and embark on a three-day journey around the Earth. Shanti Lerner, The Arizona Republic, 12 Sep. 2021 Hunter Lopez had planned to follow in the footsteps of his parents and embark on a career in law enforcement after his military deployment. Brian Melley And Amy Beth Hanson, Anchorage Daily News, 29 Aug. 2021

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First Known Use of embark

1533, in the meaning defined at intransitive sense 1

History and Etymology for embark

Middle French embarquer, from Old Occitan embarcar, from em- (from Latin in-) + barca bark

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8 Jan 2022

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“Embark.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/embark. Accessed 18 Jan. 2022.

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More Definitions for embark

embark

verb

English Language Learners Definition of embark

: to begin a journey especially on a ship or airplane

embark

verb
em·​bark | \ im-ˈbärk How to pronounce embark (audio) \
embarked; embarking

Kids Definition of embark

1 : to go on or put on board a ship or an airplane The last of the passengers embarked.
2 : to begin a project or task She embarked on a new career.

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