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[em-bahrk] /ɛmˈbɑrk/
verb (used without object)
to board a ship, aircraft, or other vehicle, as for a journey.
to start an enterprise, business, etc.
verb (used with object)
to put or receive on board a ship, aircraft, or other vehicle.
to involve (someone) in an enterprise.
to venture or invest (something) in an enterprise.
Origin of embark
1540-50; < Middle French embarquer < Spanish embarcar, equivalent to em- em-1 + -barcar, verbal derivative of barca bark3
Related forms
reembark, verb Unabridged
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Examples from the web for embark
  • Only good can come out of mutually benefital bilateral ties, when both parties embark in good faith & mutual respect.
  • When her guests embark on a meal, they are invited to order one, or all three.
  • She said that she was going to lose weight and embark on a career in journalism.
  • It is hard and very expensive to embark on the path of a lawsuit.
  • He is about to embark on a long trip next week, which will include a pilgrimage to Mecca.
  • Down at water's edge they hauled the boats into the water and prepared to embark.
  • The exhibition will embark on a world tour after its tenure here.
  • Together, they will embark on an incredible journey through Ivalice.
  • Her over-arching ambition is to restore stability, rather than to embark on any ambitious legislative agenda.
  • Not very many of us embark on 15000 km trips in our automobiles.
British Dictionary definitions for embark


to board (a ship or aircraft)
(intransitive; usually foll by on or upon) to commence or engage (in) a new project, venture, etc
Derived Forms
embarkation, noun
embarkment, noun
Word Origin
C16: via French from Old Provençal embarcar, from em- + barca boat, barque
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Word Origin and History for embark

1540s, from Middle French embarquer, from em- (see en- (1)) + barque "small ship" (see bark (n.)). Related: Embarked; embarking.

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