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embark

[em-bahrk]
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verb (used without object)
  1. to board a ship, aircraft, or other vehicle, as for a journey.
  2. to start an enterprise, business, etc.
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verb (used with object)
  1. to put or receive on board a ship, aircraft, or other vehicle.
  2. to involve (someone) in an enterprise.
  3. to venture or invest (something) in an enterprise.
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Origin of embark

1540–50; < Middle French embarquer < Spanish embarcar, equivalent to em- em-1 + -barcar, verbal derivative of barca bark3
Related formsre·em·bark, verb
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  • I am glad that public decency is not to be outraged by their embarking together.

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

    The Forest

    Stewart Edward White

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

    The Mermaid

    Lily Dougall

  • Men were embarking in the other vehicles; and the blended noise from them floated in to us.

    The White Invaders

    Raymond King Cummings

  • “The rest will have no difficulty in embarking, I hope,” observed the surgeon.

    The Three Commanders

    W.H.G. Kingston


British Dictionary definitions for embarking

embark

verb
  1. to board (a ship or aircraft)
  2. (intr; usually foll by on or upon) to commence or engage (in) a new project, venture, etc
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Derived Formsembarkation, nounembarkment, 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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