Definition of embarrass in English:

embarrass

Syllabification: em·bar·rass
Pronunciation: /ˌimˈberəs
 
, ˌemˈberəs
 
/

verb

[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.
Synonyms
mortify, shame, put someone to shame, humiliate, abash, chagrin, make uncomfortable, make self-conscious;
discomfit, disconcert, discompose, upset, distress
informal show up, discombobulate
1.1 (be embarrassed) Be caused financial difficulties: he would be embarrassed by an inheritance tax
1.2 archaic Hamper or impede (a person, movement, or action): the state of the rivers will embarrass the enemy in a considerable degree
1.3 archaic Make difficult or intricate; complicate.

Origin

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

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