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English definition of “embarrass”

embarrass

verb [T]  /ɪmˈbær·əs/ us  
to cause someone to feel anxious, ashamed, or uncomfortable: He knew that letter would embarrass him and later he tried to get rid of it.
embarrassed
adjective  /ɪmˈbær·əst/ us  
They sat in embarrassed silence.
embarrassing
adjective  /ɪmˈbær·ə·sɪŋ/ us  
[+ to infinitive] It’s embarrassing to be caught telling a lie.
embarrassingly
adverb  /ɪmˈbær·ə·siŋ·li/ us  
an embarrassingly poor performance
embarrassment
noun [C/U]  /ɪmˈbær·əs·mənt/ us  
[U] She forgot her lines and blushed with embarrassment.
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