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American English: /diˈbɑr/
British English: /dɪˈbɑː/

transitive verb -rr-

  • [formal]to debar somebody from somethinghe's been debarred from attending the meetings
    se lo ha excluido de las reuniones
    the fact that she didn't have a degree debarred her from promotion
    el hecho de no tener un título universitario le impedía ascender
    he was debarred from taking his final exam
    se le prohibió rendir el examen final
    he was debarred from holding public office
    Example sentences
    • They say that's a financial interest that debars us from having an exemption.
    • Many Americans believe Article 2 of the constitution, debarring foreign-born citizens from standing as president, to be outdated.
    • When an allegation is made, the member is debarred, or effectively suspended, as they are not allowed to take part in any GAA activity.

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