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Definition of embarrass verb from the Oxford Advanced American Dictionary



    Verb Forms present simple I / you / we / they embarrass
    he / she / it embarrasses
    past simple embarrassed
    -ing form embarrassing
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  1. 1to make someone feel shy, awkward, or ashamed, especially in a social situation embarrass somebody Her questions about my private life embarrassed me. I didn't want to embarrass him by kissing him in front of his friends. it embarrasses somebody to do something It embarrassed her to talk about her weight problem.
  2. 2to cause problems or difficulties for someone The speech was deliberately designed to embarrass the mayor.
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