When you embark on something, you are starting it — and it's exciting. You might embark on a new career or embark on a trip to the Galapagos Islands. You wouldn't embark on a trip to the grocery store.

The verb embark can be used specifically to refer to boarding a ship for a journey. When used for general travel, the verb embark often implies a longer journey: "She embarked on a trip around the world." Besides physical journeys, embark can be used to mean to start other kinds of journeys as well. You might embark on a spiritual journey or embark on the path to enlightenment. Pack well.

Definitions of embark
  1. verb
    go on board
    synonyms: ship
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    debark, disembark, set down
    go ashore
    emplane, enplane
    board a plane
    type of:
    board, get on
    get on board of (trains, buses, ships, aircraft, etc.)
  2. verb
    set out on (an enterprise or subject of study)
    “she embarked upon a new career”
    synonyms: enter
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    take up
    pursue or resume
    type of:
    begin, commence, get, get down, set about, set out, start, start out
    take the first step or steps in carrying out an action
  3. verb
    proceed somewhere despite the risk of possible dangers
    synonyms: venture
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    type of:
    go, move, proceed
    follow a procedure or take a course
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