To lay as in a bed; to lay in surrounding matter; to bed; as, to embed a thing in clay, mortar, or sand.
- 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.
- One that is embedded, especially a journalist who is assigned to an active military unit.