UK:*UK and possibly other pronunciationsUK and possibly other pronunciations/ɪmˈbærəs/US:USA pronunciation: IPA and respellingUSA pronuncation: IPA/ɛmˈbærəs/ ,USA pronunciation: respelling(em barəs)

WordReference Random House Learner's Dictionary of American English © 2020
em•bar•rass /ɛmˈbærəs/USA pronunciation   v. 
  1. to (cause to) become ashamed, uncomfortable, or ill at ease: [no object]She embarrasses so easily.[+ object]The child's crying embarrassed her parents.
em•bar•rass•ing, adj. 

WordReference Random House Unabridged Dictionary of American English © 2020
em•bar•rass  (em barəs),USA pronunciation v.t. 
  1. to cause confusion and shame to; make uncomfortably self-conscious;
    abash:His bad table manners embarrassed her.
  2. to make difficult or intricate, as a question or problem;
  3. to put obstacles or difficulties in the way of;
    impede:The motion was advanced in order to embarrass the progress of the bill.
  4. to beset with financial difficulties;
    burden with debt:The decline in sales embarrassed the company.

  1. to become disconcerted, abashed, or confused.
em•bar•rassed•ly  (em barəs),USA pronunciation adv.  em•barrass•ing•ly, adv. 
  • Portuguese embaraçar, equivalent. to em- em-1 + -baraçar, verb, verbal derivative of baraço, baraça cord, strap, noose (of obscure origin, originally)
  • Spanish embarazar
  • French embarrasser
  • 1665–75
    • 1.See corresponding entry in Unabridged discompose, discomfit, chagrin. See  confuse. 
    • 3.See corresponding entry in Unabridged hamper, hinder.

Collins Concise English Dictionary © HarperCollins Publishers::
embarrass /ɪmˈbærəs/ vb (mainly tr)
  1. (also intr) to feel or cause to feel confusion or self-consciousness; disconcert; fluster
  2. (usually passive) to involve in financial difficulties
  3. archaic to make difficult; complicate
  4. archaic to impede; obstruct; hamper
Etymology: 17th Century: (in the sense: to impede): via French and Spanish from Italian imbarrazzare, from imbarrare to confine within bars; see en-1, bar1

emˈbarrassed adj
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