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[dih-bahr] /dɪˈbɑr/
verb (used with object), debarred, debarring.
to shut out or exclude from a place or condition:
to debar all those who are not members.
to hinder or prevent; prohibit:
to debar an action.
Origin of debar
late Middle English
1400-50; late Middle English < Middle French, Old French desbarrer to lock out, bar. See de-, bar1
Related forms
debarment, noun
2. interdict.
1. admit. 2. permit. Unabridged
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verb -bars, -barring, -barred
(transitive) usually foll by from. to exclude from a place, a right, etc; bar
Derived Forms
debarment, noun
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Word Origin and History for debar

early 15c., "to shut out, exclude," from French débarrer, from Old French desbarer (12c., which, however, meant only "to unbar, unbolt," the meaning turned around in French as the de- was felt in a different sense), from des- (see dis-) + barrer "to bar" (see bar (n.1)). Related: Debarment; debarred.

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