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Verb: embarrass  em'behr-us [N. Amer], em'ba-rus [Brit]
  1. Cause to be embarrassed; cause to feel self-conscious
    "One would think that Owen's failure even to pick up the hammer at the bell-ringing contest would thoroughly embarrass him, but he laughed about it";
    - abash
  2. Hinder or prevent the progress or accomplishment of
    "His brother embarrassed him at every turn";
    - obstruct, blockade, block, hinder, stymie, stymy [rare]

Derived forms: embarrassed, embarrasses, embarrassing

Type of: discomfit, discompose, disconcert, forbid, foreclose, forestall, preclude, prevent, untune, upset

Encyclopedia: Embarrass, Minnesota