Meaning of “embarrass” in the English Dictionary

"embarrass" in British English

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embarrassverb [ T ]

uk /ɪmˈbær.əs/ us /ɪmˈber.əs/

C2 to cause someone to feel nervous, worried, or uncomfortable:

You're embarrassing him with your compliments!
I didn't want to embarrass her in front of her friends.

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(Definition of “embarrass” from the Cambridge Advanced Learner’s Dictionary & Thesaurus © Cambridge University Press)

"embarrass" in American English

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embarrassverb [ T ]

us /ɪmˈbær·əs/

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 us /ɪmˈbær·əst/

They sat in embarrassed silence.
embarrassing
adjective us /ɪmˈbær·ə·sɪŋ/

[ + to infinitive ] It’s embarrassing to be caught telling a lie.
embarrassingly
adverb us /ɪmˈbær·ə·siŋ·li/

an embarrassingly poor performance
embarrassment
noun [ C/U ] us /ɪmˈbær·əs·mənt/

[ U ] She forgot her lines and blushed with embarrassment.

(Definition of “embarrass” from the Cambridge Academic Content Dictionary © Cambridge University Press)