American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition
- v. To cause to board a vessel or aircraft: stopped to embark passengers.
- v. To enlist (a person or persons) or invest (capital) in an enterprise.
- v. To go aboard a vessel or aircraft, as at the start of a journey.
- v. To set out on a venture; commence: embark on a world tour.
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.
- v. To get on a boat or ship or (outside the USA) an aeroplane.
- v. To start, begin.
GNU Webster's 1913
- v. To cause to go on board a vessel or boat; to put on shipboard.
- v. To engage, enlist, or invest (as persons, money, etc.) in any affair.
- v. To go on board a vessel or a boat for a voyage.
- v. To engage in any affair.
- v. go on board
- v. set out on (an enterprise or subject of study)
- v. proceed somewhere despite the risk of possible dangers
- From Middle French embarquer, from em- + barque ("small ship"). Compare with Portuguese embarcar, Spanish abarcar. (Wiktionary)
- 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)
“The dark trauma that followed Flo's death inspired Zaka embark on a documentary project, a tribute to the life of his friend.”
“For years, the regulators of the global money supply ignored the advice of their top experts, probably because it would require them to do something unheard of, namely embark on a fundamental change in direction.”
“Em - is a common prefix, found in words such as embark, embed, embody, emboss, embrace, and embroil.”
“Tonight we get words such as embark, infused, and endeavor.”
“I still can't work out why there is no tasting on the line at El Bulli, and I am still at a loss to know why its staff embark on such futile enterprises as attempting to make a risotto from sunflower seeds they devoted two weeks to this failed experiment.”
“Malcolm's habit, after the birth of each of his four children, was to embark on distant speaking tours.”
“The European Central Bank raised interest rates for the first time in nearly three years, but sought to reassure investors that it wouldn't embark on a rapid-fire series of increases that could disrupt fragile economies in parts of the euro bloc.”
“The euro had come off Thursday's highs as the ECB's quarter-percentage-point rate hike was almost universally expected and central bank chief Jean-Claude Trichet said the ECB hadn't decided to embark on a series of rate increases.”
“He said Portugal would also have to embark on an "ambitious" privatization of state assets to help raise money that could offset part of the needed aid.”
“Entertaining malarkey starring Jeanne Crain as a newlywed whose husband goes missing shortly after the two embark on an ocean voyage.”
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