- To embed is defined as to plant something deeply or firmly, either literally or figuratively.
- An example of embed is when you firmly plant an idea in another person's head.
- An example of embed is when you put a stick very firmly and deeply into the ground.
A new tree embedded in the earth.
embed definition by Webster's New World
transitive verb embedded, embedding
- to set (flowers, etc.) in earth
- to set or fix firmly in a surrounding mass: to embed tiles in cement
- to fix in the mind, memory, etc.
- Comput. to insert (an identification code, a virus, a routine for monitoring access, etc.) into a software program
- to assign (an observer) to a group engaged in some activity: to embed journalists with a combat unit
a person who has been embedded
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- embedment noun
embed definition by American Heritage Dictionary
The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th edition Copyright © 2010 by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Publishing Company. Published by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Publishing Company. All rights reserved.
also im·bedverb em·bed·ded also im·bed·ded, em·bed·ding also im·bed·ding, em·beds also im·beds verb, transitive
- To fix firmly in a surrounding mass: embed a post in concrete; fossils embedded in shale.
- To enclose snugly or firmly.
- To cause to be an integral part of a surrounding whole: “a minor accuracy embedded in a larger untruth” (Ian Jack).
- To assign (a journalist) to travel with a military unit during an armed conflict.
- Biology To enclose (a specimen) in a supporting material before sectioning for microscopic examination.
To become embedded: The harpoon struck but did not embed.noun
One that is embedded, especially a journalist who is assigned to an active military unit.
- em·bedˈment noun