Definition of bar verb from the Oxford Advanced Learner's Dictionary

     

    bar

     verb
    verb
    BrE BrE//bɑː(r)//
     
    ; NAmE NAmE//bɑːr//
     
    Verb Forms present simple I / you / we / they bar
    BrE BrE//bɑː(r)//
     
    ; NAmE NAmE//bɑːr//
     
    he / she / it bars
    BrE BrE//bɑːz//
     
    ; NAmE NAmE//bɑːrz//
     
    past simple barred
    BrE BrE//bɑːd//
     
    ; NAmE NAmE//bɑːrd//
     
    past participle barred
    BrE BrE//bɑːd//
     
    ; NAmE NAmE//bɑːrd//
     
    -ing form barring
    BrE BrE//ˈbɑːrɪŋ//
     
    ; NAmE NAmE//ˈbɑːrɪŋ//
     
     
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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 nobody 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 somebody from doing something The players are barred from drinking alcohol the night before a match.
  6. More Like This Consonant-doubling verbs bob, club, dub, grab, rub, sob, throb kid, nod, pad, plod, prod, shred, skid, thud beg, blog, bug, drag, drug, flag, hug, jog, log, mug, nag, plug bar, confer, infer, occur, prefer, refer, star, stir, transfer acquit, admit, allot, chat, clot, commit, jut, knit, pat, regret, rot, spot, submit (in British English:) appal, cancel, channel, control, counsel, enrol, equal, excel, fuel, fulfil, label, level, marvel, model, pedal, quarrel, signal, travelSee worksheet. Word Originverb Middle English: from Old French barre (noun), barrer (verb), of unknown origin.Extra examples The curfew has effectively barred migrant workers from their jobs. Certain activities are still barred to women. The players are barred from drinking alcohol the night before a match.Idioms with no rules or limits on what somebody is allowed to do There will be no holds barred in his interview with the president this evening.
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