Definition of embed verb from the Oxford Advanced Learner's Dictionary



    (also imbed) verb
    BrE BrE//ɪmˈbed//
    ; NAmE NAmE//ɪmˈbed//
    [usually passive]Verb Forms present simple I / you / we / they embed
    BrE BrE//ɪmˈbed//
    ; NAmE NAmE//ɪmˈbed//
    he / she / it embeds
    BrE BrE//ɪmˈbedz//
    ; NAmE NAmE//ɪmˈbedz//
    past simple embedded
    BrE BrE//ɪmˈbedɪd//
    ; NAmE NAmE//ɪmˈbedɪd//
    past participle embedded
    BrE BrE//ɪmˈbedɪd//
    ; NAmE NAmE//ɪmˈbedɪd//
    -ing form embedding
    BrE BrE//ɪmˈbedɪŋ//
    ; NAmE NAmE//ɪmˈbedɪŋ//
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  1. 1embed something (in something) to fix something firmly into a substance or solid object an operation to remove glass that was embedded in his leg The bullet embedded itself in the wall. (figurative) These attitudes are deeply embedded in our society (= felt very strongly and difficult to change).
  2. 2embed somebody to send a journalist, photographer, etc. to an area where there is fighting, so that he or she can travel with the army and report what is happening embedded reporters in the war zone
  3. 3 embed something (linguistics) to place a sentence inside another sentence. In the sentence ‘I’m aware that she knows’, she knows is an embedded sentence.
See the Oxford Advanced American Dictionary entry: embed