Meaning of embarrass

em•bar•rass

Pronunciation: (em-bar'us), [key]
— v.t.
  1. to cause confusion and shame to; make uncomfortably self-conscious; disconcert; abash: His bad table manners embarrassed her.
  2. to make difficult or intricate, as a question or problem; complicate.
  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.
—v.i.
  1. to become disconcerted, abashed, or confused.
Random House Unabridged Dictionary, Copyright © 1997, by Random House, Inc., on Infoplease.
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