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English verb: embarrass

1. embarrass (emotion) cause to be embarrassed; cause to feel self-conscious


ExamplesSam cannot embarrass Sue , The performance is likely to embarrass Sue


Synonymsabash


Pattern of useSomebody ----s somebody.
Something ----s somebody


Broader (hypernym)discomfit, discompose, disconcert, untune, upset


Narrower (hyponym)confuse, disconcert, flurry, put off

2. embarrass (social) hinder or prevent the progress or accomplishment of


SamplesHis brother blocked him at every turn.


Synonymsblock, blockade, hinder, obstruct, stymie, stymy


Pattern of useSomebody ----s something.
Something ----s something


Broader (hypernym)forbid, foreclose, forestall, preclude, prevent


Narrower (hyponym)bottleneck, check, filibuster, hang, stonewall









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