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

    The Death Shot Mayne Reid
  • The rumor actually lived for a day that Potts was to disembarrass the town of his presence.

    The Boss of Little Arcady Harry Leon Wilson
  • He cleared his throat as though to disembarrass it of a garrote.

  • It is difficult for a frequent playgoer to disembarrass the idea of Hamlet from the person and voice of Mr. K.

  • It's his way of trying to disembarrass himself of his rivals: he's no simpleton.'

    The Thirteen Honore de Balzac
  • At the present moment, it was the great desire of his heart to sell the smaller of his two properties and disembarrass the other.

    The Way We Live Now Anthony Trollope
  • "I wish you were going to Rome with me," he added, to disembarrass the moment of parting.

    Indian Summer William D. Howells
  • As soon as he was cured, to disembarrass his hosts and not abuse their goodness, Voltaire had himself taken to Paris.

  • My object has been to disembarrass my force from the incubus of non-combatants.

    The Ruined Cities of Zululand Hugh Mulleneux Walmsley
British Dictionary definitions for disembarrass


verb (transitive)
to free from embarrassment, entanglement, etc
to relieve or rid of something burdensome
Derived Forms
disembarrassment, noun
Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 2012 Digital Edition
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