from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition
- transitive v. To exclude or shut out; bar.
- transitive v. To forbid, hinder, or prevent.
from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License
- v. To exclude or shut out; to bar.
- v. 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.
from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English
- transitive 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.
from The 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.
from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.
- 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)