Definition of "embarrass" []

  • To cause to feel self-conscious or ill at ease; disconcert: Meeting adults embarrassed the shy child. (verb-transitive)
  • To involve in or hamper with financial difficulties. (verb-transitive)
  • To hinder with obstacles or difficulties; impede. (verb-transitive)
  • To complicate. (verb-transitive)
  • To interfere with (a bodily function) or impede the function of (a body part). (verb-transitive)
  • To feel or cause to feel confusion or self-consciousness; disconcert; fluster (verb)

American Heritage(R) Dictionary of the English Language, Fifth Edition. Copyright (c) 2011 by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Publishing Company. Published by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Publishing Company. All rights reserved.

  • To involve in financial difficulties (verb)
  • To make difficult; complicate (verb)
  • To impede; obstruct; hamper (verb) (c) HarperCollins Publishers Ltd 2016

Use "embarrass" in a sentence
  • "And when I use the word embarrass, I use that because it is very politically controversial, very, especially now with this NSA story out there."
  • "Walk naked until Brick has serviced you, or does the idea embarrass you?"
  • "O'Keefe was arrested while trying to implement one of his schemes inside the office of Democratic Senator Mary Landrieu, and when his attempt to "embarrass" a CNN reporter with a sexually suggestive scenario was exposed, Breitbart tried to distance himself."