• WordNet 3.6
    • v embark set out on (an enterprise or subject of study) "she embarked upon a new career"
    • v embark go on board
    • v embark proceed somewhere despite the risk of possible dangers "We ventured into the world of high-tech and bought a supercomputer"
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Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
    • Embark To cause to go on board a vessel or boat; to put on shipboard.
    • Embark To engage in any affair. "Slow to embark in such an undertaking."
    • Embark To engage, enlist, or invest (as persons, money, etc.) in any affair; as, he embarked his fortune in trade. "It was the reputation of the sect upon which St. Paul embarked his salvation."
    • Embark To go on board a vessel or a boat for a voyage; as, the troops embarked for Lisbon.
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Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
    • embark To put on board a ship or other vessel: as, the general embarked his troops and their baggage.
    • embark Hence To place or venture; put at use or risk, as by investment; put or send forth, as toward a destination: as, he embarked his capital in the scheme.
    • embark To go on board ship, as when setting out on a voyage: as, the troops embarked for Lisbon.
    • embark To set out, as in some course or direction; make a start or beginning in regard to something; venture; engage.
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Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
    • v.t Embark em-bärk′ to put on board ship: to engage in any affair
    • v.i Embark to go on board ship: to engage in a business: to enlist
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  • Marcus T. Cicero
    “Confidence is that feeling by which the mind embarks in great and honorable courses with a sure hope and trust in itself.”
  • Alfonso X
    Alfonso X
    “If the Lord Almighty had consulted me before embarking upon Creation, I should have recommended something simpler.”
  • Confucius
    “Before you embark on a journey of revenge, dig two graves.”


Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
F. embarquer,; pref. em-,L. in,) + barque, bark: cf. Sp. embarcar, It. imbarcare,. See Bark. a vessel


In literature:

Cornwallis, who was on the point of embarking for England, hastened back to the Jersey army.
"The Political History of England - Vol. X." by William Hunt
It was not until within a few days of embarkation that all demands were met.
"The 28th: A Record of War Service in the Australian Imperial Force, 1915-19, Vol. I" by Herbert Brayley Collett
We were there at 7.30 p.m. and were to embark at 8.
"The Incomparable 29th and the "River Clyde"" by George Davidson
The Sirdar and headquarters embarked at 9 a.m., 27th August, on the gunboat "Fatah," to steam through Shabluka.
"Khartoum Campaign, 1898" by Bennet Burleigh
The party embarked, and the guide went to the pilot house.
"Asiatic Breezes" by Oliver Optic
If Bruce saw the fire on the following night he and his followers were to embark at once for Scotland.
"A Treasury of Heroes and Heroines" by Clayton Edwards
The greatest precaution is always observed both in landing and embarking these vessels.
"Popular Adventure Tales" by Mayne Reid
This will enable me to embark for home in April instead of May.
"The Letters of Charles Dickens" by Charles Dickens
There was nothing to tell him which branch to choose, for the current was easy here and the trackers had re-embarked.
"The Woman from Outside" by Hulbert Footner
Paterson, the first to embark at Leith, was the last to re-embark at Darien.
"An Historical Account of the Settlements of Scotch Highlanders in America" by J. P. MacLean
Jack's term for the party of marines embarked; the corps.
"The Sailor's Word-Book" by William Henry Smyth
It required no capital to embark in the booking business in those days.
"Charles Frohman: Manager and Man" by Isaac Frederick Marcosson and Daniel Frohman
Cartier himself embarked on board the largest vessel, which was named La Grande Hermine, along with his two interpreters.
"The Great Events by Famous Historians, Volume 9" by Various
On the 1st of October he embarked on board an English vessel bound for London.
"The Huguenots in France" by Samuel Smiles
To embark was equally impossible; all the vessels which were ready to start were crowded with soldiers.
"Celebrated Travels and Travellers" by Jules Verne
There prevailed in Chile a feeling very adverse to this campaign; so much so that most of the troops were embarked by force.
"Travels in Peru, on the Coast, in the Sierra, Across the Cordilleras and the Andes, into the Primeval Forests" by J. J. von Tschudi
France had cause to hesitate before embarking in another Peninsular War.
"A History of the Nineteenth Century, Year by Year" by Edwin Emerson
As soon as Richard's galley was repaired, he embarked on board of it in a rage, and sailed away.
"Richard I" by Jacob Abbott
Upon arriving at the coast, Henrietta, with her magnificent suite, embarked for England.
"Louis XIV., Makers of History Series" by John S. C. Abbott
But the cause in which we are embarked will require, to be successful, the efforts of every man.
"A Rebel War Clerk's Diary at the Confederate States Capital" by John Beauchamp Jones

In poetry:

Embark for that far mysterious realm,
Whence the fathomless, trackless waters flow.
Shall I see a Presence dim, and know
A Gracious Hand upon the helm,
Nor be afraid to go?
"In The Mist" by Susan Coolidge
But now for the gentle reproaches he bore
On the part of his friends, for refraining before
To embrace the profession, embarking for life
In theatrical storms and poetical strife.
"The Appeal Of The Chorus" by Aristophanes
Then the British embarked for England without delay,
And with joy their hearts felt gay,
And by the end of March they reached England,
And the reception they received was very grand.
"The Ashantee War" by William Topaz McGonagall
No flap of sail, no scraping of keel:
Shadow, dim, with a banner dark,
It will hover, will pause, and I shall feel
A hand which beckons, and, shivering, steal
To the cold strand and embark.
"In The Mist" by Susan Coolidge
Had we some mystic boat with pearly oar
And wizard pilot,
To guide us safely by the siren shore And cloudy islet,
We might embark and reach that shining portal
Beyond which linger dreams and joys immortal.
"Sea Sunset" by Lucy Maud Montgomery
I saw him at the river-side,
Down by the ferry, lit by torches, hastening the embarkation;
My General waited till the soldiers and wounded were all pass'd over;
And then, (it was just ere sunrise,) these eyes rested on him for the
last time.
"The Centerarian's Story" by Walt Whitman

In news:

WASHINGTON ( AP ) — The US Con­gress is embark­ing on a flurry of votes to show it is try­ing to do some­thing about cre­at­ing jobs.
This fall, Feeding America West Michigan Food Bank is embarking on a new campaign to defeat hunger in West Michigan: the Million Meal March.
The Canfield High School hockey team embarks on its 16th year overall and 13th as an OHSAA sanctioned team.
MORGANTOWN — West Virginia embarks here Saturday at noon on one of its greatest opportunities ever in football.
West Virginia embarks here Saturday at noon on one of its greatest opportunities ever in football.
Dunn, 74, a companion volunteer for hospice with Shepherd of the Valley, told residents last month of his plans to embark on a nearly 500 mile adventure that took him from his home in Newton Falls to Washington DC, completely on foot.
Bilbo Baggins goes on quite a journey in "The Hobbit," and one fan is embarking on a journey of her own to see it.
WASHINGTON (AP) — President Barack Obama is embarking on a day of contrasts remarkable even for a president, traveling to storm-ravaged Alabama to survey devastating twister damage before heading to Cape Canaveral, Fla.
Now Glover has embarked on a nationwide campaign to make Americans more aware of anemia 's often hidden symptoms.
"Embarkation – Prelude to Death" (1942) by Thomas Hart Benton, at the New-York Historical Society's "WWII & NYC.
Angola has embarked on a major reconstruction program following the end of a 27-year vicious civil war in 2002.
After taking a noncredit course in backpacking from the University of Tennessee, she embarked on numerous hiking trips, both home and abroad.
When his boat is shipwrecked off the coast of Japan, he embarks on a series of adventures that turn his dreams into reality.
I'll admit I embarked on this jaunt as a skeptic.
For many homeowners, knowing where to start and what possibilities can be achieved when embarking on a home technology project is hard.

In science:

We first give a short description of each topic we deal with before embarking on a more detailed discussion putting our results in context.
Applications of duality theory to cousin complexes
Before we embark on defining the topological string let us define a cohomological field theory.
Supersymmetric Gauge Theories from String Theory
Before embarking on applications of our formalism to problems of physical interest, let us briefly mention two more open problems, which will not be further discussed in this book12 .
Bosonization of Interacting Fermions in Arbitrary Dimensions
Instead we embark on a detail analysis of the EWPT constraints and other low energy precision measurements on MZs and sǫ .
A Very Narrow Shadow Extra Z-boson at Colliders
Let us examine the electronic structure of this molecule in a qualitative manner before embarking on a quantitative study.
Formal Foundations of Dressed Time-Dependent Density-Functional Theory for Many-Electron Excitations
In its current design, EUCLID is equipped with a visible and a near infrared (NIR) imager (Laureijs 2009). (It also embarks a slitless NIR spectrograph, and the SN survey we discuss here does not rely on it).
Dark energy constraints from a space-based supernova survey
Before embarking on that task, it is useful to have solutions for an approximate treatment.
Magnetically Controlled Outflows from Hot Jupiters
Before embarking on this path, we first note that while many parameters appearing in a model, such as background fluxes, are inherently stringy, we cannot measure them directly cosmologically because we restrict ourselves to an effective inflaton action.
Towards an Observational Appraisal of String Cosmology
Since ABC is not the central topic of this article, but rather both a motivation and an immediate application domain, we do not embark upon a complete description of its implementation, referring to Marin et al. (2011) and Fearnhead and Prangle (2012) for details.
Relevant statistics for Bayesian model choice
Naturally, much more experiments must be done before embarking on the challenge of a true (and feasible) social intelligence test.
On the influence of intelligence in (social) intelligence testing environments
Before embarking upon Frobenius manipulations to compute the test ideal τ (R, at ), one should first blowup the ideal a (or alternately take a log resolution if available) so as to principalize a.
Test ideals of non-principal ideals: Computations, Jumping Numbers, Alterations and Division Theorems
Before embarking on the sub ject of dark matter, it will be useful to review the relevant quantities from the standard big bang model.
Why Do We Need Non-Baryonic Dark Matter?
Ryder’s Quantum Field Theory, my first introduction to Professor Weinberg’s ideas came via Professor Ryder’s book. I still think that Professor Ryder’s book is an essential preparatory reading for a beginning student before she embarks on her journey to these two volumes of Professor Weinberg.
Book Review: The Quantum Theory of Fields, Vol. I and II by S. Weinberg
Before embarking on the construction of an effective field theory for QCD, we pause for a moment to realize that there is in fact no chiral symmetry in nature.
Chiral symmetry
In view of this knowledge and the fact that three large experiments [2, 3, 4] were measuring the CP asymmetry, we decided to embark on an extensive study of the hadronic matrix elements including at the same time improvements of the input parameters which have taken place in the meantime.
Analysis of \epsilon'/\epsilon in the 1/N_c Expansion