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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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  • But of course when he embarked on this around-the-world journey, he became quite the celebrity.
  • Accordingly they both embarked, after paying their obeisance to his miserable highness.
  • He that is embarked with the devil must sail with him.
  • Some months were spent in preparation, and at length they embarked.
  • The team embarked on a series of experiments in rodents to explore this idea.
  • In the fall, when the data turned positive again, the yuan embarked once more on a steady appreciation.
  • The two companies have recently embarked on aggressive marketing campaigns, particularly targeting the vital teenage market.
  • Yet it turns out that, for the journey to go on, those embarked on it must also believe in the destination.
  • The former ruling party, it transpired, had embarked on a pre-election spending spree to woo voters.
  • Miller said the town has embarked on several new sustainable efforts.
British Dictionary definitions for embarked


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 embarked



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

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