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em·bed / emˈbed/ (also im·bed / im-/ ) • v. (-bed·ded , -bed·ding ) [tr.] (often be embedded) fix (an object) firmly and deeply in a surrounding mass: he had an operation to remove a nail embedded in his chest. ∎ fig. implant (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. ∎  Linguistics place (a phrase or clause) within another clause or sentence. ∎ Comput. incorporate (a text or code) within the body of a file or document. ∎  design and build (a microprocessor) as an integral part of a system or device. ∎  permit a journalist to travel with a military unit: embedded with the 24th Marine Expeditionary Unit. • n. / ˈemˌbed/ an embedded journalist: most of the embeds found themselves covering construction and civil works projects.DERIVATIVES: em·bed·ment n.

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