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Meaning of “embarrass” in the English Dictionary

"embarrass" in British English

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embarrassverb [T]

uk   /ɪmˈbær.əs/  us   /-ˈber-/
C2 to ​cause someone to ​feelnervous, ​worried, or ​uncomfortable: You're embarrassing him with ​yourcompliments! 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)

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embarrassverb [T]

 us   /ɪmˈbær·əs/
to ​cause someone to ​feelanxious, ​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 ​caughttelling a ​lie.
embarrassingly
adverb  us   /ɪmˈbær·ə·siŋ·li/
an embarrassingly ​poorperformance
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)
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