- To embarass is defined as to make someone feel self-conscious or make someone feel badly about himself.
An example of embarass is when you tease someone in front of his friends about a mistake he has made.
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- to cause to feel self-conscious, confused, and ill at ease; disconcert; fluster
- to cause difficulties to; hinder; impede
- to cause to be in debt; cause financial difficulties to
- to make more difficult; complicate
Origin: French embarrasser, literally , to encumber, obstruct ; from Spanish embarazar ; from Italian imbarrazzare ; from imbarrare, to bar, impede ; from in- (L in-) plush Midieval Latin barra, bar
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transitive verb em·bar·rassed, em·bar·rass·ing, em·bar·rass·es
- To cause to feel self-conscious or ill at ease; disconcert: Meeting adults embarrassed the shy child.
- To involve in or hamper with financial difficulties.
- To hinder with obstacles or difficulties; impede.
- To complicate.
- To interfere with (a bodily function) or impede the function of (a body part).
Origin: French embarrasser, to encumber, hamper, from Spanish embarazar, from Italian imbarazzare, from imbarazzo, obstacle, obstruction, from imbarrare, to block, bar : in-, in (from Latin; see en-1) + barra, bar (from Vulgar Latin *barra).
- em·barˈrassed·ly adverb
- em·barˈrass·ing·ly adverb
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