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embark

[em-bahrk] /ɛmˈbɑrk/
verb (used without object)
1.
to board a ship, aircraft, or other vehicle, as for a journey.
2.
to start an enterprise, business, etc.
verb (used with object)
3.
to put or receive on board a ship, aircraft, or other vehicle.
4.
to involve (someone) in an enterprise.
5.
to venture or invest (something) in an enterprise.
Origin of embark
1540-1550
1540-50; < Middle French embarquer < Spanish embarcar, equivalent to em- em-1 + -barcar, verbal derivative of barca bark3
Related forms
reembark, verb
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  • So he embarks upon a task which he can never hope to complete.

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  • He who embarks goods; also mentioned in some of our statutes as the master of a ship.

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  • Having saved some capital, she embarks on a down-town tea room.

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  • He embarks on self-justification—a thing one should never do.

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  • The ship was quickly ready, he embarks the chest in the ship, and they set out.

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British Dictionary definitions for embarks

embark

/ɛmˈbɑːk/
verb
1.
to board (a ship or aircraft)
2.
(intransitive; usually foll by on or upon) to commence or engage (in) a new project, venture, etc
Derived Forms
embarkation, noun
embarkment, noun
Word Origin
C16: via French from Old Provençal embarcar, from em- + barca boat, barque
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Word Origin and History for embarks

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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