embarrass

If you embarrass someone, you make them feel self-conscious, awkward, or even stupid. Your mom might embarrass you by inviting your date to check out your childhood photos.

Embarrass actually has another meaning, but it's very rarely used: to blockade, hinder, obstruct, or stymie. Nowadays, we tend to embarrass one another (and ourselves) by pretty much sticking to the basics: making fun of our friends when they blunder, accidentally revealing secrets in public, confessing our undying love to people who don't even know we exist, and all the millions of creative and frustrating ways we have of making mistakes.

Definitions of embarrass
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v cause to be embarrassed; cause to feel self-conscious

Synonyms:
abash
Types:
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confuse, disconcert, flurry, put off
cause to feel embarrassment
fluster
cause to be nervous or upset
bother
make confused or perplexed or puzzled
deflect, distract
draw someone's attention away from something
Type of:
discomfit, discompose, disconcert, untune, upset
cause to lose one's composure

v hinder or prevent the progress or accomplishment of

Synonyms:
block, blockade, hinder, obstruct, stymie, stymy
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stonewall
obstruct or hinder any discussion
filibuster
obstruct deliberately by delaying
check
block or impede (a player from the opposing team) in ice hockey
hang
prevent from reaching a verdict, of a jury
bottleneck
slow down or impede by creating an obstruction
Type of:
forbid, foreclose, forestall, preclude, prevent
keep from happening or arising; make impossible

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