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Imbed vs. Embed

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  Angbeen Chaudhary  —  Grammar Tips
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English is rife with words that are spelled almost the same but mean completely different things. Much less common in English are words that are spelled slightly differently but still have the same meaning. Imbed and embed belong is this second category. To cut right to the chase, they mean exactly the same thing. Still, one of these words is a better choice in writing situations where word choice is important, like academic and professional writing.

Embed as verb:

The word embed is used as a verb which means to fix (an object) firmly and deeply in a surrounding mass.

He had an operation to remove a nail embedded in his chest.

Embed also means to attach (a journalist) to a military unit during a conflict.

The CNN correspondent is now embedded with the US Navy aboard the USS Constellation.

Embed as noun:

Embed is also used as a noun in English language where it means a journalist who is attached to a military unit during a conflict.

Use of Embed:

Embed are the commonly used spellings of the word throughout the world.


Imbed vs. Embed

Thousands of years of pressure embedded the diamond in a coal vein deep underground.

If you embed a piece of chocolate within raw cookie dough, whoever eats the cookie will receive a tasty surprise.

China’s government plans to embed cybersecurity police units at major Internet companies and websites to help prevent crimes such as fraud and “spreading of rumors,” state-run Xinhua News Agency reported Tuesday. –The Wall Street Journal

Use of Imbed:

Imbed is an alternate spelling of the same word. Neither form is more correct; they are both accepted spellings.


Despite Google’s support of Clinton, and Trump’s tendency to hold grudges, the tech behemoth may very well succeed in its efforts to imbed itself in the new power structure. –The American Spectator

Embed or imbed:

Imbed and embed are spelling variants of a verb that means to put something in something else. To summarize, Embed is the better choice, even though imbed is not technically incorrect. Since embed begins with the same three letters as the verb emblazon, it should be easy to remember to emblazon your writing with embed instead of imbed.

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