Definition of embark in US English:



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  • 1Go on board a ship, aircraft, or other vehicle.

    ‘he embarked for India in 1817’
    • ‘Debka File has a fascinating update on the Palermo Senator, the threat of nuclear terrorism, and the phantom Al Qaeda group that embarked for the U.S., but apparently has disappeared without a trace.’
    • ‘Tens of thousands of refugees embarked for the United States.’
    • ‘A third project being championed by Prodi is for the restoration of the Italian leg of a pilgrimage to the Holy Land on which pilgrims once embarked for Jaffa and Jerusalem at the port of Brindisi.’
    • ‘Before she embarked for Tasmania, Hector wanted to give her his jottings on the journey of three young men reaching for 90 degrees south but settling for 82, the journey that had turned sour.’
    • ‘It was supposed to be a long vacation before we embarked for the East Coast, where in the fall we would intern at a think tank on the Chesapeake Bay.’
    • ‘Several people from Sligo duly embarked for Rome, while the community sent Fr. Norbert Murray and Br. Philip Kerrigan to represent them in St. Peter's Square.’
    • ‘It is a necessary reminder: when The Iliad opens, Troy and Greece have already been at war for ten years; mere youths when some of the best fighters first embarked for Troy, they have come of age on blade and blood.’
    • ‘By coincidence John Shimer was also in Southampton, on the gang plank, only feet away from the ‘Two Millionth Yank’, who embarked for France on January 16, 1945.’
    • ‘On 18 January William V embarked for England as groups of patriots ousted his minions from power in town after town across the country.’
    • ‘In 1699, at the age of fifty-two, she embarked for Surinam with her daughter Dorothea Maria.’
    • ‘Leaving Rome and ignoring a summons to stand trial, he embarked for Greece, where Quintus Braetius Sura, a legate of the commander in Macedonia, had already driven the enemy back to the sea.’
    • ‘From February onward army and blackshirt militia units mobilized and embarked for the long journey through the Suez Canal to Eritrea and Somalia.’
    • ‘In January 1943 Miller embarked for England, having gained his flying badge as an airman pilot the previous November.’
    • ‘The commuters' nightmare began at York station on Wednesday when Leeds-bound passengers embarked for the 12.46 pm train - and soon discovered they were going nowhere.’
    • ‘Along with many others escaping Europe, the couple embarked for Rio de Janeiro in June 1940, with no national passports but with travel documents issued by the League of Nations.’
    • ‘We hear from him, his father and his teacher just before they embarked for India where the Rinpoche will undergo a long course of training and study.’
    • ‘Over two thousand Polish troops have embarked for Iraq to join the security effort there.’
    • ‘After her final patrol Portland began her long passage home in August, and she headed first for Punta Arenas in Chile, where a team of Chilean naval officers embarked for the transit of the Patagonian Canals to Valparaiso.’
    • ‘Robin and Michael embarked for France in early June 1944.’
    • ‘The Lodge Act enlistees were slowly gathering, and in November, when our number reached 50, we embarked for the U.S. by ship.’
    board ship, go on board, go aboard, climb aboard, step aboard, take ship
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    1. 1.1with object Put or take on board a ship or aircraft.
      ‘its passengers were ready to be embarked’
      • ‘As soon as the ship started to float again we re-embarked and with night starting to fall we moored alongside a ship ready to embark lorries to be landed in the early hours of the next day.’
      • ‘While 820 Squadron was embarked the ship spent more than 1,000 hours at flying stations, achieved 1,100 deck landings and transferred over 2,000 loads by air.’
      • ‘The CTOL type would appear to offer a number of advantages, especially in terms of the range of aircraft that can be embarked.’
      • ‘But the Pacific purpose for which they were created involves the capacity to embark an army battalion, to operate three helicopters from the flight deck and carry four other helicopters.’
      • ‘The host mother ship is notified and called to a port to embark the eleven-strong rescue team of specialist divers and technical officers together with the rescue submersible and its associated equipment.’
      • ‘The couple's claim was that the liner should have taken ‘all reasonable steps to embark passengers reasonably late returning.’’
      • ‘The CVF carriers will be capable of embarking an air group of 50 aircraft and weight 60000 tonnes.’
      • ‘Hurricanes are common in the area which HMS Sheffield will patrol and the ship has embarked equipment which will enable her to render assistance to islands which require emergency relief.’
      • ‘It will also be the first time that the ship has carried an AS35OB Squirrel helicopter, having previously embarked Seahawk and Seasprite.’
      • ‘We landed on our ship, refueled and embarked a rescue swimmer.’
      • ‘This period will cover Exercise Allied Action 05, for which Admiral Cooke and SFN Staff will be embarked in the command ship USS Mount Whitney off the Mediterranean coast of Spain.’
      • ‘They were embarked aboard transport ships, not planetary assault ships.’
      • ‘Just at the moment Spartacus expects to embark his army and followers aboard the Silesian ships, news of betrayal and of Roman armies converging on his position causes Spartacus to radically revise his plans.’
      • ‘The ship is embarking several relatives of the ship's company at Stavanger who will stay on board the ship for her final passage back to Devonport where she is expected to arrive on July 27.’
      • ‘The ship embarked the Lord Provost of Glasgow for the final part of the voyage to her berth at Yorkhill Quay, and the ship will be open to visitors on Saturday November 11 from 1300-1700.’
      • ‘At the start of the deployment, HMS Invincible will embark both FA2 Sea Harrier fighters and RAF Ground attack aircraft as well as her Sea King helicopters.’
    2. 1.2embark on/upon Begin (a course of action, especially one that is important or demanding)
      ‘he embarked on a new career’
      • ‘When an artist elects to work with a social issue, she is embarking upon a difficult course.’
      • ‘Downpatrick Fire Station, sources claim, is split down the middle on the course of action embarked upon by the union.’
      • ‘He said prospective students should think long and hard before embarking on an expensive course.’
      • ‘Trekkers are advised to complete mountain skills courses prior to embarking on the trip.’
      • ‘Might he not, on reflection, have regretted embarking on this particular course?’
      • ‘This can be the deciding factor as to whether someone should embark on a course of therapy at all!’
      • ‘When successfully employed, the threat of force can deter an adversary from embarking upon an unwelcome course of action or coerce an adversary to cease undesirable activities.’
      • ‘Those embarking on the course are expected to work very hard from wake-up to sleep-time.’
      • ‘It is understood as a prelude, the necessary prelude, to embarking on some course of action.’
      • ‘For example, states realize that they cannot achieve their goals in areas such as trade or environment, unless all other states also embark upon a particular course of action.’
      • ‘Laura is now bringing her words of wisdom to Britain, embarking this week on a publicity tour which will culminate on Sunday with the screening of a Channel 4 documentary about the surrendering phenomenon.’
      • ‘The government should be commended for embarking on a process to develop such a strategy.’
      • ‘He recalled vividly how, two weeks before he was due to embark upon the medical course in Manchester, his father had lost both his job and his pension.’
      • ‘He embarks on his course of inquiry with an anarchist's instinctive mistrust of power.’
      • ‘Should an individual, upon discovering an intruder in his house, first question him as to his intent before embarking upon a course of action?’
      • ‘Most guys who are embarking on a new mission begin with one fundamental question: When do we eat?’
      • ‘One cannot help but ponder what might have driven him to embark on this peculiar course of action?’
      • ‘Professional advice should always be sought before embarking on a particular course of action.’
      • ‘A collision course has been embarked upon by both sides.’
      • ‘His speech led to widespread hopes throughout Eastern Europe that Moscow was embarking on a more liberal course.’
      begin, start, commence, undertake, set about, enter on, go into, take up
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Mid 16th century: from French embarquer, from em- ‘in’ + barque ‘bark, ship’.