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Definition of embarrass:

  1. Embarrassment.
  2. To hinder from freedom of thought, speech, or action by something which impedes or confuses mental action; to perplex; to discompose; to disconcert; as, laughter may embarrass an orator.
  3. To hinder from liberty of movement; to impede; to obstruct; as, business is embarrassed; public affairs are embarrassed.
  4. To involve in difficulties concerning money matters; to incumber with debt; to beset with urgent claims or demands; - said of a person or his affairs; as, a man or his business is embarrassed when he can not meet his pecuniary engagements.


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