Definition of embarrass in English:


Line breaks: em¦bar|rass
Pronunciation: /ɪmˈbarəs
, ɛm-/


[with object]
1Cause (someone) to feel awkward, self-conscious, or ashamed: she wouldn’t embarrass either of them by making a scene
More example sentences
  • Okay, for those of my readers who have children, how often have your kids embarrassed you in public?
  • Regardless of the age of the husband, the relatives give themselves the right to discipline him, scold, restrain, monitor, and embarrass him in public.
  • The message is clear: there will be no room for players who break the rules and embarrass the team in public.
shame, humiliate, make ashamed, demean, abash;
mortify, horrify, appal, crush;
make uncomfortable, make awkward, make self-conscious, make uneasy;
upset, disconcert, discomfit, discompose, confuse, fluster, agitate, nonplus, discountenance, distress, chagrin;
discredit, dishonour
informal show up, faze, rattle, discombobulate
US informal own
1.1 (be embarrassed) Be caused financial difficulties: he would be embarrassed by estate duty
2 archaic Hamper or impede (a person or action): the state of the rivers will embarrass the enemy
2.1 archaic Make difficult or intricate; complicate: I do not apprehend that this case will be embarrassed by that decision


early 17th century (in sense 2): from French embarrasser, from Spanish embarazar, probably from Portuguese embaraçar (from baraço 'halter').

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