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

v go on board

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.)

v set out on (an enterprise or subject of study)

“she embarked upon a new career”
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

v proceed somewhere despite the risk of possible dangers

Type of:
go, move, proceed
follow a procedure or take a course

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