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Meaning of EMBARRASS

Pronunciation:  em'barus

WordNet Dictionary
  1. [v]  cause to be embarrassed; cause to feel self-conscious
  2. [v]  hinder or prevent the progress or accomplishment of; "His brother blocked him at every turn"

EMBARRASS is a 9 letter word that starts with E.


 Synonyms: abash, block, blockade, hinder, obstruct, stymie, stymy
 See Also: bottleneck, check, confuse, discomfit, discompose, disconcert, filibuster, flurry, forbid, foreclose, forestall, hang, preclude, prevent, put off, stonewall, untune, upset



Webster's 1913 Dictionary
  1. \Em*bar"rass\, v. t. [imp. & p. p. {Embarrassed}; p.
    pr. & vb. n. {Embarrassing}.] [F. embarrasser (cf. Sp.
    embarazar, Pg. embara?ar, Pr. barras bar); pref. em- (L. in)
    + LL. barra bar. See {Bar}.]
    1. To hinder from freedom of thought, speech, or action by
       something which impedes or confuses mental action; to
       perplex; to discompose; to disconcert; as, laughter may
       embarrass an orator.
    2. To hinder from liberty of movement; to impede; to
       obstruct; as, business is embarrassed; public affairs are
    3. (Com.) To involve in difficulties concerning money
       matters; to incumber with debt; to beset with urgent
       claims or demands; -- said of a person or his affairs; as,
       a man or his business is embarrassed when he can not meet
       his pecuniary engagements.
    Syn: To hinder; perplex; entangle; confuse; puzzle;
         disconcert; abash; distress. -- To {Embarrass},
         {Puzzle}, {Perplex}. We are puzzled when our faculties
         are confused by something we do not understand. We are
         perplexed when our feelings, as well as judgment, are so
         affected that we know not how to decide or act. We are
         embarrassed when there is some bar or hindrance upon us
         which impedes our powers of thought, speech, or motion.
         A schoolboy is puzzled by a difficult sum; a reasoner is
         perplexed by the subtleties of his opponent; a youth is
         sometimes so embarrassed before strangers as to lose his
         presence of mind.
  2. \Em*bar"rass\, n. [F. embarras. See {Embarrass}, v.
    Embarrassment. [Obs.] --Bp. Warburton.
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