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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)

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.

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."