embarrass

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Etymology[edit]

Borrowing from French embarrasser (to block, to obstruct), from Spanish embarazar, either

Pronunciation[edit]

  • IPA(key): /ɪmˈbæ.ɹəs/
  • (mary-merry-marry merged) IPA(key): /ɪmˈbe.ɹəs/
  • (file)
  • Rhymes: -ærəs

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embarrass (third-person singular simple present embarrasses, present participle embarrassing, simple past and past participle embarrassed)

  1. (transitive) to humiliate; to disrupt somebody's composure or comfort with acting publicly or freely; to disconcert; to abash
    The crowd's laughter and jeers embarrassed him.
  2. (transitive) To hinder from liberty of movement; to impede; to obstruct.
    Business is embarrassed; public affairs are embarrassed.
  3. (transitive) To involve in difficulties concerning money matters; to encumber with debt; to beset with urgent claims or demands.
    A man or his business is embarrassed when he can not meet his pecuniary engagements.

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