American English

Definition of bar verb from the Oxford Advanced American Dictionary



    Verb Forms present simple I / you / we / they bar
    he / she / it bars
    past simple barred
    -ing form barring
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    close with bars
  1. 1[usually passive] bar something to close something with a bar or bars All the doors and windows were barred.
  2. block
  3. 2bar something to block a road, path, etc. so that no one can pass Two police officers were barring her exit. We found our way barred by rocks.
  4. prevent
  5. 3bar somebody (from something/from doing something) to ban or prevent someone from doing something Asylum seekers are barred from entering the country.
  6. Idioms
    no holds barred
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    with no rules or limits on what someone is allowed to do There will be no holds barred in his interview with the president this evening.
See the Oxford Advanced Learner's Dictionary entry: bar