embark

[em-bahrk]
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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.

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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Related Words for embark

enter, commence, launch, board, entrain, emplane

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British Dictionary definitions for embark

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
Derived Formsembarkation, nounembarkment, noun

Word Origin for embark

C16: via French from Old Provençal embarcar, from em- + barca boat, barque
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Word Origin and History for 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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