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

 

debar

 verb
verb
BrE BrE//dɪˈbɑː(r)//
 
; NAmE NAmE//dɪˈbɑːr//
 
Verb Forms present simple I / you / we / they debar
BrE BrE//dɪˈbɑː(r)//
 
; NAmE NAmE//dɪˈbɑːr//
 
he / she / it debars
BrE BrE//dɪˈbɑːz//
 
; NAmE NAmE//dɪˈbɑːrz//
 
past simple debarred
BrE BrE//dɪˈbɑːd//
 
; NAmE NAmE//dɪˈbɑːrd//
 
past participle debarred
BrE BrE//dɪˈbɑːd//
 
; NAmE NAmE//dɪˈbɑːrd//
 
-ing form debarring
BrE BrE//dɪˈbɑːrɪŋ//
 
; NAmE NAmE//dɪˈbɑːrɪŋ//
 
 
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[usually passive] debar somebody (from something/from doing something) (formal) to officially prevent somebody from doing something, joining something, etc. He was debarred from holding public office. Members of illegal groups were debarred from election to the assembly. Such a ban would debar him from the European Championships in May. Word Origin late Middle English: from French débarrer, from Old French desbarrer ‘unbar’, from des- (expressing reversal) + barrer ‘to bar’.
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