verb (used without object)

  1. to board a ship, aircraft, or other vehicle, as for a journey.
  2. to start an enterprise, business, etc.

verb (used with object)

  1. to put or receive on board a ship, aircraft, or other vehicle.
  2. to involve (someone) in an enterprise.
  3. to venture or invest (something) in an enterprise.


  1. to board (a ship or aircraft)
  2. (intr; usually foll by on or upon) to commence or engage (in) a new project, venture, etc

1540s, from Middle French embarquer, from em- (see en- (1)) + barque “small ship” (see bark (n.)). Related: Embarked; embarking.

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