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EMBARRASS

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 Dictionary entry overview: What does embarrass mean? 

EMBARRASS (verb)
  The verb EMBARRASS has 2 senses:

1. cause to be embarrassed; cause to feel self-conscious
2. hinder or prevent the progress or accomplishment of

  Familiarity information: EMBARRASS used as a verb is rare.


 Dictionary entry details 


EMBARRASS (verb)


Sense 1embarrass [BACK TO TOP]

Meaning:

Cause to be embarrassed; cause to feel self-conscious

Classified under:

Verbs of feeling

Synonyms:

abash; embarrass

Hypernyms (to "embarrass" is one way to...):

discomfit; discompose; disconcert; untune; upset (cause to lose one's composure)

Troponyms (each of the following is one way to "embarrass"):

confuse; disconcert; flurry; put off (cause to feel embarrassment)

Sentence frames:

Somebody ----s somebody
Something ----s somebody

Sentence examples:

Sam cannot embarrass Sue
The performance is likely to embarrass Sue


Sense 2embarrass [BACK TO TOP]

Meaning:

Hinder or prevent the progress or accomplishment of

Classified under:

Verbs of political and social activities and events

Synonyms:

blockade; obstruct; stymie; stymy; block; embarrass; hinder

Context example:

His brother blocked him at every turn

Hypernyms (to "embarrass" is one way to...):

forbid; foreclose; forestall; preclude; prevent (keep from happening or arising; make impossible)

Troponyms (each of the following is one way to "embarrass"):

stonewall (obstruct or hinder any discussion)

filibuster (obstruct deliberately by delaying; of legislation)

check (block or impede (a player from the opposing team) in ice hockey)

hang (prevent from reaching a verdict, of a jury)

bottleneck (slow down or impede by creating an obstruction)

Sentence frames:

Somebody ----s something
Something ----s something


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