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From Anglo-Norman debarrer



debar (third-person singular simple present debars, present participle debarring, simple past and past participle debarred)

  1. (transitive) To exclude or shut out; to bar.
    • 1749, Henry Fielding, The History of Tom Jones, a Foundling, volume (please specify |volume=I to VI), London: A[ndrew] Millar [], OCLC 928184292:
      As for the guides, they were debarred from the pleasure of discourse, the one being placed in the van, and the other obliged to bring up the rear.
    • 1964 May, “News and Comment”, in Modern Railways, page 291, photo caption:
      The Minister of Transport has debarred BR workshops from seeking orders for private owners' wagons like this [...].
  2. (transitive) to hinder or prevent.
    • 1609, William Shakespeare, Sonnet 28:
      How can I then return in happy plight,
      That am debarr'd the benefit of rest?
    • 1834, Letitia Elizabeth Landon, Francesca Carrara, volume 3, page 218:
      She had also been so long debarred from any interchange of feelings and sentiments—so surrounded by strangers, that it was a true enjoyment to meet with one, who, if she did not enter into many of the emotions connected with it, was yet able and ready to talk of the past.
  3. (US, law, transitive) To prohibit (a person or company that has been convicted of criminal acts in connection with a government program) from future participation in that program.

Usage notes[edit]

  • Sense 2 is not to be confused with disbar.

Derived terms[edit]





Same as devar.


debar (present tense debas, past tense debis, future tense debos, imperative debez, conditional debus)

  1. to owe (something to someone), be under obligation (to someone, for something)