[ em-bahrk ]
/ ɛmˈbɑrk /

verb (used without object)

to board a ship, aircraft, or other vehicle, as for a journey.
to start an enterprise, business, etc.

verb (used with object)

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.

Nearby words

  1. embankment,
  2. embar,
  3. embarcadero,
  4. embarcation,
  5. embargo,
  6. embarkation,
  7. embarkment,
  8. embarras,
  9. embarras de richesses,
  10. embarrass

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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British Dictionary definitions for embarked


/ (ɛmˈbɑːk) /


to board (a ship or aircraft)
(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 embarked



1540s, from Middle French embarquer, from em- (see en- (1)) + barque "small ship" (see bark (n.)). Related: Embarked; embarking.

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