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English definition of “bar”

bar

verb [T]     /bɑːr/ (present participle barring, past tense and past participle barred)
PREVENT to officially prevent someone from doing something or going somewhere, or to prevent something from happening: [+ from + doing sth] The court barred him from contacting his former wife. The government barred demonstrations during the state visit.Forbidding and banning thingsPunishing and punishmentsPunishing by causing painHitting and beatingExcludingLack of freedom to act
KEEP OUT to stop someone going into a place: A line of policemen barred the entrance to the camp.ExcludingPunishing and punishmentsPunishing by causing painHitting and beating
CLOSE to close and lock a door or gateLocking and bolting
(Definition of bar verb from the Cambridge Learner's Dictionary © Cambridge University Press)

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