embark

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Etymology[edit]

Borrowing from Middle French embarquer, from em- + barque (small ship). Compare with Portuguese embarcar, Spanish abarcar.

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embark (third-person singular simple present embarks, present participle embarking, simple past and past participle embarked)

  1. To get on a boat or ship or (outside the USA) an aeroplane.
    All passengers please embark now.
  2. To start, begin.
    Phil embarked on his journey yesterday.
  3. (transitive) To cause to go on board a vessel or boat; to put on shipboard.
  4. (transitive) To engage, enlist, or invest (as persons, money, etc.) in any affair.
    He embarked his fortune in trade.
    • South
      It was the reputation of the sect upon which St. Paul embarked his salvation.

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