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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. 1 to 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. 2 to cause problems or difficulties for someone The speech was deliberately designed to embarrass the mayor.
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