embarrass
Pronunciation
  • IPA: /ɪmˈbæ.ɹəs/
  • (Mary-marry-merry) IPA: /ɪmˈbɛ(ə).ɹəs/
Verb

embarrass (embarrasses, present participle embarrassing; past and past participle embarrassed)

  1. (transitive) to humiliate; to disrupt somebody's composure or comfort with acting publicly or freely; to disconcert; to abash
    The crowd's laughter and jeers embarrassed him.
  2. (transitive) To hinder from liberty of movement; to impede; to obstruct.
    Business is embarrassed; public affairs are embarrassed.
  3. (transitive) To involve in difficulties concerning money matters; to encumber with debt; to beset with urgent claims or demands.
    A man or his business is embarrassed when he cannot meet his pecuniary engagements.
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