American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition
- v. To exclude or shut out; bar.
- v. To forbid, hinder, or prevent.
Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- To bar out; shut out; preclude; exclude; prevent from entering; deny right of access to; hinder from approach, entry, use, etc.
- Synonyms To interdict, prohibit, prevent, restrain.
- v. To exclude or shut out; to bar.
- v. US, law To prohibit a person or company that has been convicted of criminal acts in connection with an application for approval of a new drug from participating in future applications.
GNU Webster's 1913
- v. To cut off from entrance, as if by a bar or barrier; to preclude; to hinder from approach, entry, or enjoyment; to shut out or exclude; to deny or refuse; -- with
from, and sometimes with of.
- v. prevent the occurrence of; prevent from happening
- v. bar temporarily; from school, office, etc.
- v. prevent from entering; keep out
- Middle English debarren, from Old French desbarer, to unbar : des-, de- + barer, to bar (from barre, bar; see bar1). (American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)
“Israelites with a profound reverence for holy things; and nothing was more suited to this purpose than to debar from the tabernacle all who were polluted by any kind of uncleanness, ceremonial as well as natural, mental as well as physical.”
“Beware lest any name debar thee from God, the Creator of earth and heaven.”
“One EPA official a few years back threatened to "debar" BP from government contracts if it didn't submit to tougher regulation.”
“167 Beware lest any name debar you from Him Who is the Possessor of all names, or any word shut you out from this Remembrance of God, this Source of Wisdom amongst you.”
“debar" BP from all government contracts and terminate the six Pentagon agreements.”
“Buyer said he wanted to work with Mitchell to add to a provision demanding that the VA debar the fraudulent companies — even though the department already has the authority to do so.”
“She had, at first, yielded to our entreaties; but when she heard that her favourite was recovering, she could no longer debar herself from her society, and entered her chamber long before the danger of infection was past.”
“Sen. Carl Levin, D-Mich., who chairs an investigative subcommittee that will hold a hearing on the report today, said the Obama administration should "get on with it and actually debar the worst of the tax cheats from the contractor workforce.”
“I tried to conceal this as much as possible, that I might not debar him from the pleasures natural to one who was entering on a new scene of life, undisturbed by any care or bitter recollection.”
“I tried to conceal this as much as possible, that I might not debar him from the pleasures natural to one, who was entering on a new scene of life, undisturbed by any care or bitter recollection.”
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