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[dis-em-bar-uh s] /ˌdɪs ɛmˈbær əs/
verb (used with object)
to disentangle or extricate from something troublesome, embarrassing, or the like.
to relieve; rid.
to free from embarrassment.
Origin of disembarrass
First recorded in 1720-30; dis-1 + embarrass
Related forms
disembarrassment, noun Unabridged
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Examples from the Web for disembarrass
Historical Examples
  • He cleared his throat as though to disembarrass it of a garrote.

  • And of his vigilant sentinel there seems but one way to disembarrass himself.

    The Death Shot Mayne Reid
  • It's his way of trying to disembarrass himself of his rivals: he's no simpleton.'

    The Thirteen Honore de Balzac
  • "I wish you were going to Rome with me," he added, to disembarrass the moment of parting.

    Indian Summer William D. Howells
  • My object has been to disembarrass my force from the incubus of non-combatants.

    The Ruined Cities of Zululand Hugh Mulleneux Walmsley
  • "No, no; none of that," said Mick, trying to disembarrass himself.

    Sybil Benjamin Disraeli
  • Knows also how to disembarrass herself of such as he who remained behind.

    Gwen Wynn Mayne Reid
  • She knows he has conceived some scheme to disembarrass her of a husband, she no longer care?

    Gwen Wynn Mayne Reid
  • He lets go the ropes, to disembarrass himself of his angling accoutrements; which he hurriedly does, flinging them at his feet.

    Gwen Wynn Mayne Reid
  • The duke intended to disembarrass himself of his victims that very night by strangling them in a secluded part of the palace.

    The Romance of Leonardo da Vinci

    Dmitry Sergeyevich Merezhkovsky
British Dictionary definitions for disembarrass


verb (transitive)
to free from embarrassment, entanglement, etc
to relieve or rid of something burdensome
Derived Forms
disembarrassment, noun
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