Definition of embarrassed adjective from the Oxford Advanced Learner's Dictionary



    BrE BrE//ɪmˈbærəst//
    ; NAmE NAmE//ɪmˈbærəst//
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  1. 1  (of a person or their behaviour) shy, awkward or ashamed, especially in a social situation I've never felt so embarrassed in my life! Her remark was followed by an embarrassed silence. embarrassed about something She's embarrassed about her height. embarrassed at something He felt embarrassed at being the centre of attention. embarrassed to do something Some women are too embarrassed to consult their doctor about the problem. Which Word?ashamed / embarrassed You feel ashamed when you feel guilty because of something wrong that you have deliberately done:You should be ashamed of treating your daughter like that. Do not use ashamed when you are talking about something that is not very serious or important:I am sorry that I forgot to buy the milk. I am ashamed that I forgot to buy the milk. You feel embarrassed when you have made a mistake or done something stupid or feel awkward in front of other people:I was embarrassed about forgetting his name. Wordfinderamends, apologize, ashamed, embarrassed, forgive, regret, remorse, repent, sorry, sympathy
  2. 2financially embarrassed (informal) not having any money; in a difficult financial situation
  3. Extra examples He felt acutely embarrassed at being the centre of attention. He looked a bit embarrassed. His colour had risen and Isobel felt embarrassed for him. She seemed almost embarrassed by her own outburst. I’ve never felt so embarrassed in my life! Sometimes I get a bit embarrassed when I have to explain to people.
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