People by a plane waiting to embark.
- To embark is defined as to start something.
An example of to embark is to sign a contract for a new job.
- To embark is defined as to leave on a trip, often on a ship or airplane.
An example of embark is to leave on a cruise.
- to put or take (passengers or goods) aboard a ship, aircraft, etc.
- to engage (a person) or invest (money, etc.) in an enterprise
Origin of embarkFrench embarquer from Spanish or Old Provençal embarcar from em- (L in-) + Classical Latin barca, bark
- to go aboard a ship, aircraft, etc.
- to begin a journey
- to make a beginning; start: to embark on a new career
verbem·barked, em·bark·ing, em·barks
- To cause to board a vessel or aircraft: stopped to embark passengers.
- To enlist (a person or persons) or invest (capital) in an enterprise.
- To go aboard a vessel or aircraft, as at the start of a journey.
- To set out on a venture; commence: embark on a world tour.
Origin of embarkFrench embarquer from Late Old French probably from Medieval Latin imbarcāre Latin in- in- barca boat ; see bark 3.
- em′bar·ka′tion em·bark′ment
(third-person singular simple present embarks, present participle embarking, simple past and past participle embarked)
- To get on a boat or ship or (outside the USA) an aeroplane.
- All passengers please embark now.
- To start, begin.
- Phil embarked on his journey yesterday.
- To cause to go on board a vessel or boat; to put on shipboard.
- To engage, enlist, or invest (as persons, money, etc.) in any affair.
- He embarked his fortune in trade.