Definition of debar in English:

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Pronunciation: /dēˈbär/

verb (debars, debarring, debarred)

[with object] (usually be debarred)
Exclude or prohibit (someone) officially from doing something: people declaring that they were HIV-positive could be debarred entry
More 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Many Americans believe Article 2 of the constitution, debarring foreign-born citizens from standing as president, to be outdated.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.
exclude, ban, bar, disqualify, declare ineligible, preclude, shut out, lock out, keep out, reject, blackball
prevent, prohibit, proscribe, disallow, ban, interdict, block, stop;
Law  enjoin, estop



Pronunciation: /dēˈbärmənt/
Example sentences
  • The Association must hold steadfast on the suspension and debarment.
  • We've been co-operating with these law enforcement agencies of our member countries to bring such matters to their attention, so it's certainly in no way finished simply because we announce a debarment.
  • ‘Typically, in the past, debarments have lasted three to five years for lesser infractions,’ he says.


Late Middle English: from French débarrer, from Old French desbarrer 'unbar', from des- (expressing reversal) + barrer 'to bar'.

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Syllabification: de·bar

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