v. em·barked, em·bark·ing, em·barks
1. To cause to board a vessel or aircraft: stopped to embark passengers.
2. To enlist (a person or persons) or invest (capital) in an enterprise.
1. To go aboard a vessel or aircraft, as at the start of a journey.
2. To set out on a venture; commence: embark on a world tour.
[French embarquer, from Late Old French, probably from Medieval Latin imbarcāre : Latin in-, in- + barca, boat; see BARK3.]
em′bar·kation, em·barkment n.
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