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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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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.
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