- to board a ship, aircraft, or other vehicle, as for a journey.
- to start an enterprise, business, etc.
- 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
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Examples from the Web for embark
Now that the Confucian-inspired mourning period is over, the son is free to embark on his own programs and policies.Kim Jong Un’s Kid Gloves Are Now Off
Gordon G. Chang
December 17, 2014
You may well be about to embark on four days of cosseting, eating, drinking, and sleeping.How to Make It Through Thanksgiving Alive
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In the words of Shondo, a professional cage fighter turned Paladin, “It was my fate to embark on this journey.”'The Quest' Review: Behold, a Campy 'Game of Thrones' Reality Show
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Churchill then decided to embark on a British cruiser, the Belfast, and watch the landings from offshore.D-Day Historian Craig Symonds Talks About History’s Most Amazing Invasion
June 5, 2014
When I embark upon a film, I design a set of rules and create the film according to these rules.Inside ‘Maidan’: Sergei Loznitsa on His Ukrainian Uprising Doc and Putin’s ‘Fascist’ Regime
May 24, 2014
Somewhere about the 20th the soldiers began to embark, to the number of 1700 men.Ned Myers
James Fenimore Cooper
From thence I shall proceed to Yarmouth, and embark immediately.Tales And Novels, Volume 8 (of 10)
M. Gardoqui will embark the last of this or first of next month.
You are at liberty to embark in them with your men before we scuttle this ship.Captain Blood
Embark, and the romance quits our vessel and hangs on every other sail in the horizon.Essays, Second Series
Ralph Waldo Emerson
- to board (a ship or aircraft)
- (intr; usually foll by on or upon) to commence or engage (in) a new project, venture, etc
C16: via French from Old Provençal embarcar, from em- + barca boat, barque
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Word Origin and History for embark
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