from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition
- transitive v. To cause to board a vessel or aircraft: stopped to embark passengers.
- transitive v. To enlist (a person or persons) or invest (capital) in an enterprise.
- intransitive v. To go aboard a vessel or aircraft, as at the start of a journey.
- intransitive v. To set out on a venture; commence: embark on a world tour.
from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License
- v. To get on a boat or ship or (outside the USA) an aeroplane.
- v. To start, begin.
from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English
- transitive v. To cause to go on board a vessel or boat; to put on shipboard.
- transitive v. To engage, enlist, or invest (as persons, money, etc.) in any affair.
- intransitive v. To go on board a vessel or a boat for a voyage.
- intransitive v. To engage in any affair.
from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- To put on board a ship or other vessel: as, the general embarked his troops and their baggage.
- Hence To place or venture; put at use or risk, as by investment; put or send forth, as toward a destination: as, he embarked his capital in the scheme.
- To go on board ship, as when setting out on a voyage: as, the troops embarked for Lisbon.
- To set out, as in some course or direction; make a start or beginning in regard to something; venture; engage.
from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.
- v. go on board
- v. set out on (an enterprise or subject of study)
- v. proceed somewhere despite the risk of possible dangers
French embarquer, from Late Old French, probably from Medieval Latin imbarcāre : Latin in-, in- + barca, boat.(American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)
From Middle French embarquer, from em- + barque ("small ship"). Compare with Portuguese embarcar, Spanish abarcar. (Wiktionary)