Definitions

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • v. To enclose (as though behind bars); to imprison.
  • v. To prohibit, debar (someone from doing something).

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • transitive v. To bar or shut in; to inclose securely, as with bars.
  • transitive v. To stop; to hinder by prohibition; to block up.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • To bar; close or fasten with a bar; make fast.
  • To inclose so as to hinder egress or escape; bar up or in.
  • To stop; obstruct; bar out.

Etymologies

From Middle French embarrer, from barre ("bar"). (Wiktionary)

Examples

  • The rest of the day before had been very tiring, what with interviews to go on tape for the telenews and photographs being took flash flash flash and more like demonstrations of me folding up in the face of ultra-violence and all that embar - rassing cal.

    Where's the show?

  • Yu embar…embra…emmmm… you maek me luk stoopid in frunt uv mah frens.

    Mom cat prepares - Lolcats 'n' Funny Pictures of Cats - I Can Has Cheezburger?

  • But iz ok cause we doesnt sai so, do not want embar…embra…make amehicawn pplz have a sad.

    i has a cozy - Lolcats 'n' Funny Pictures of Cats - I Can Has Cheezburger?

  • I kant watch Tom Cat agen…he sooo embar…mberass…uh, soo silly!

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  • God grant that your brother may not meet with any more embar-rassments from insolent men, on my account?

    Sir Charles Grandison

  • But Cory Grant did not come into that category at all, so it was far better not to speculate whether her skin would feel like cool silk against his, or what it would take to make her face warm with sensual pleasure rather than embar rassment or anger.

    Rome's Revenge

  • To Cressy's embar rassment, it had been made immediately clear that she would be allowed to pay nothing for her night's lodging or her meal.

    The Tycoon's Mistress

  • Silvan scrambled to his feet, feeling awkward and embar - rassed.

    Dragons of a Fallen Sun

  • When he arrived, he found an embar - rassed Midalis holding a flag, the pennant of Bretherford, Duke of the Miri - anic, his brother's naval commander.

    Mortalis

  • Japan's pachinko parlors, traditionally run by native Japanese, were now in the hands of Koreans, many of whom had ties to North Korea, and it was becoming an increasing source of embar - rassment to the Japanese government to have these profits going directly to the dictatorial and paranoid regime that ruled the north.

    Second Skin

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