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verb (used with object)
  1. to enclose or protect with an embankment.
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Origin of embank

First recorded in 1640–50; em-1 + bank1
Related formsun·em·banked, adjective
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Examples from the Web for embank

Historical Examples

  • If you were to embank Lincolnshire more stoutly against the sea?

    The Crown of Wild Olive

    John Ruskin

  • If you were to embank Lincolnshire now,—more stoutly against the sea?

  • A few attempts had been made to deepen and embank the natural streams, but with slender success.

British Dictionary definitions for embank


  1. (tr) to protect, enclose, or confine (a waterway, road, etc) with an embankment
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