\ \ [16] To embark is literally to ‘put or get on to a boat’ – or more specifically a barque [15] (a word acquired ultimately from late Latin barca, which is probably related to English barge). Its immediate French ancestor, barque, formed the basis of a compound verb embarquer, borrowed by English as embark. The antonym disembark also dates from the 16th century.

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  • Embark — Em*bark , v. i. 1. To go on board a vessel or a boat for a voyage; as, the troops embarked for Lisbon. [1913 Webster] 2. To engage in any affair. [1913 Webster] Slow to embark in such an undertaking. Macaulay. [1913 Webster] …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • embark — ► VERB 1) go on board a ship or aircraft. 2) (embark on/upon) begin (a new project or course of action). DERIVATIVES embarkation noun. ORIGIN French embarquer, from barque bark, ship …   English terms dictionary

  • Embark — Em*bark , v. t. [imp. & p. p. {Embarked}; p. pr. & vb. n. {Embarking}.] [F. embarquer; pref. em (L. in) + barque bark: cf. Sp. embarcar, It. imbarcare. See {Bark}. a vessel.] 1. To cause to go on board a vessel or boat; to put on shipboard. [1913 …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • embark — I verb auspicate, begin, commence, conscendere, engage in an enterprise, enter, enter upon, get under way, go into, inaugurate, initiate, institute, launch, make a beginning, originate, plunge into, rationem inire, set out, start, start out, take …   Law dictionary

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  • embark — 1540s, from M.Fr. embarquer, from em (see EN (Cf. en ) (1)) + barque small ship (see BARK (Cf. bark) (n.)). Related: Embarked; embarking …   Etymology dictionary

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