Definition of embed in English:

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Pronunciation: /əmˈbed/
(also imbed /im-/)

verb (embeds, embedding, embedded)

[with object]
1Fix (an object) firmly and deeply in a surrounding mass: he had an operation to remove a nail embedded in his chest
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  • What is remarkable is that the bottle is firmly embedded in a solid rock-like mass.
  • Deon's air tanks and the battery pack for his light appeared to be firmly embedded in the mud underneath him, and Shaw was starting to pant from exertion.
  • Mr Walker rejected claims that he had been duped, saying the eight-inch piece of bone was firmly embedded in the earth.
1.1Implant (an idea or feeling) within something else so it becomes an ingrained or essential characteristic of it: the Victorian values embedded in Tennyson’s poetry
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  • Although she never had had any claim to him, predatory feelings were deeply embedded within her heart.
  • This idea is strongly embedded in the Constitution.
  • The theory is that an idea is embedded in the subconscious, and it is affecting one's conscious behaviour in some way.
1.2 Linguistics Place (a phrase or clause) within another clause or sentence.
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  • This has the unwelcome consequence of forcing one to argue that number is invisible in syntactic environments (such as embedded clauses) where C carries no visible number.
  • Here, the two main clauses are coordinated by but, the first main clause has a that clause within which is embedded another that clause, and the second main clause also contains a that clause.
  • A clause may be embedded in a phrase, and vice versa, ad infinitum.
1.3 Computing Incorporate (a video or other item of data) within the body of a web page or other document: you can embed the videos into a blog post.
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  • The flaw makes it possible for a website to embed malicious code (including more Trojans, worms and/or viruses) directly into a web page, and infect visitors instantly while visiting the site.
  • No attachments need to be opened to start the virus spreading, only the email itself - the code is embedded in the body of the email.
  • Formal copyrights and informal moral rights for the different parts of the Linux source code are embedded in the source code.
1.4 (often as adjective embedded) Design and build (a microprocessor) as an integral part of a system or device.
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  • Now, four-fifths of Hydroid's AUV orders are for embedded, integrated GPS systems.
  • Cheap microprocessors are now embedded in everything from gas pumps to oil fryers.
  • A microchip is embedded into the credit or debit card.
2Attach (a journalist) to a military unit during a conflict: the CNN correspondent is now embedded with the US Navy aboard the USS Constellation (as adjective embedded) check out the excellent blog of embedded journalist Michael
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  • The U.S. military's decision to embed journalists in combat units prompted me to think about the value of embedding reporters as a journalistic technique.
  • The only exceptions are journalists embedded with US military units, a practice that many fear skews the reporting of the war.
  • Task Force Danger encouraged leaders and soldiers to talk to the press and routinely embedded journalists and reporters with units.


Pronunciation: /ˈembed/
An embedded journalist: most of the embeds found themselves covering construction and civil works projects
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  • The ‘real superstars of this war were those media journalists who were embeds,’ Wilkinson went on, boasting, ‘General Franks signs my cheque and I make news based on his terms.’
  • Not all the reporters assigned as embeds wanted the slot.
  • Some independent-minded journalists chaffed at embed restrictions, which required embeds to stay with assigned units.



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  • Revolutionary messianism, fanaticism, is the only way to disrupt one's embedment in a system whose hegemony is so thoroughly entrenched.
  • Also, widespread embedment has generated thousands of stories about U.S. military action in Iraq, supporting the Bush administration's goal of winning popular approval for the war, at home and abroad.
  • At the same time, most of the literature related to experimental studies are to investigate the effect of shape, size, depth of embedment etc in the laboratory.

Words that rhyme with embed

abed, ahead, bed, behead, Birkenhead, bled, bread, bred, coed, cred, crossbred, dead, dread, Ed, Enzed, fed, fled, Fred, gainsaid, head, infrared, ked, lead, led, Med, misled, misread, Ned, outspread, premed, pure-bred, read, red, redd, said, samoyed, shed, shred, sked, sled, sped, Spithead, spread, stead, ted, thread, tread, underbred, underfed, wed

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Syllabification: em·bed

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