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embark (v.)

1540s (transitive); 1570s (intransitive), from Middle French embarquer, from assimilated form of en- "in" (see en- (1)) + barque "small ship" (see bark (n.)). Related: Embarked; embarking.

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Definitions of embark from WordNet

embark (v.)
go on board;
Synonyms: ship
embark (v.)
set out on (an enterprise or subject of study);
she embarked upon a new career
Synonyms: enter
embark (v.)
proceed somewhere despite the risk of possible dangers;
Synonyms: venture
From wordnet.princeton.edu