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embark

[em-bahrk] /ɛmˈbɑrk/
verb (used without object)
1.
to board a ship, aircraft, or other vehicle, as for a journey.
2.
to start an enterprise, business, etc.
verb (used with object)
3.
to put or receive on board a ship, aircraft, or other vehicle.
4.
to involve (someone) in an enterprise.
5.
to venture or invest (something) in an enterprise.
Origin of embark
1540-1550
1540-50; < Middle French embarquer < Spanish embarcar, equivalent to em- em-1 + -barcar, verbal derivative of barca bark3
Related forms
reembark, verb
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  • It is, in fact, embarking in a contest which may last a year; perhaps more.'

    Coningsby Benjamin Disraeli
  • You would have thought he was embarking at the regularly appointed rendezvous.

    The Forest Stewart Edward White
  • embarking, they slipped around the point of the island, and skirted the left hand shore.

  • Caius was put on shore there to await the hour of embarking.

    The Mermaid Lily Dougall
  • Then embarking for Goa, he had a speedy voyage, and arrived there in the beginning of February.

British Dictionary definitions for embarking

embark

/ɛmˈbɑːk/
verb
1.
to board (a ship or aircraft)
2.
(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 embarking

embark

v.

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

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