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
  1. verb
    cause to be embarrassed; cause to feel self-conscious
    synonyms: abash
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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, rattle, untune, upset
    cause to lose one's composure
  2. verb
    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
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    forbid, foreclose, forestall, preclude, preempt, prevent
    keep from happening or arising; make impossible
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