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[v. em-bed; n. em-bed] /v. ɛmˈbɛd; n. ˈɛmˌbɛd/
verb (used with object), embedded, embedding.
1.
to fix into a surrounding mass:
to embed stones in cement.
2.
to surround tightly or firmly; envelop or enclose:
Thick cotton padding embedded the precious vase in its box.
3.
to incorporate or contain as an essential part or characteristic:
A love of color is embedded in all of her paintings.
4.
Histology. to infiltrate (a biological tissue) with molten paraffin or other plastic material that later solidifies, enabling the preparation to be sliced very thin for viewing under a microscope.
5.
Mathematics. to map a set into another set.
6.
Grammar. to insert (a construction, as a phrase or clause) into a larger construction, as a clause or sentence.
7.
to assign (a journalist) to travel with a military unit or a political campaign: The photojournalists were embedded in Afghanistan with U.S. troops.
We've embedded a reporter with each of the presidential candidates.
8.
Digital Technology. to place (text, images, sound, or computer code) in a computer file, HTML document, software program, or electronic device: how to embed videos on your website;
embedded software in cars and airplanes.
verb (used without object), embedded, embedding.
9.
to be or become fixed or incorporated, as into a surrounding mass:
Glass embeds in the soft tar of the road.
noun
10.
a journalist who is embedded with a military unit or a political campaign.
11.
a period of time during which a journalist is embedded.
Also, imbed.
Origin
1770-1780
1770-80; em-1 + bed
Related forms
embedment, noun
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Examples for embed
  • It would embed the government more deeply in ratings.
  • Figure out ways to embed leadership, social, and global skills in everyday curricula.
  • The mission is to embed propaganda messages in supposedly objective reports.
  • The molecules embed themselves at interfaces between oil and water.
  • Army would embed humanities types into fighting brigades.
  • It would be a practical, constructive, and efficient way to embed some financial literacy in the curriculum.
  • They allegedly contracted with others to embed the stolen data onto fraudulent cards.
  • The second is to embed the shield in an agreement that limits its capabilities.
  • There was an earlier problem with the embed code, but this had been fixed.
  • DiA should embed his- or herself in a checkpoint unit.
British Dictionary definitions for embed

embed

/ɪmˈbɛd/
verb -beds, -bedding, -bedded
1.
(usually foll by in) to fix or become fixed firmly and deeply in a surrounding solid mass to embed a nail in wood
2.
(transitive) to surround closely hard rock embeds the roots
3.
(transitive) to fix or retain (a thought, idea, etc) in the mind
4.
(often foll by with) to assign a journalist or be assigned as one to accompany an active military unit
5.
(transitive) (grammar) to insert (a subordinate clause) into a sentence
noun (ˈɪmbɛd)
6.
a journalist accompanying an active military unit
Derived Forms
embedment, noun
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Word Origin and History for embed
v.

1778, from em- + bed (n.). Originally a geological term, in reference to fossils in rock; figurative sense is from 1835; meaning "place a journalist within a military unit at war" is 2003. Related: Embedded; embedding.

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