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verb (used with object), de·barred, de·bar·ring.
  1. to shut out or exclude from a place or condition: to debar all those who are not members.
  2. to hinder or prevent; prohibit: to debar an action.
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Origin of debar

1400–50; late Middle English < Middle French, Old French desbarrer to lock out, bar. See de-, bar1
Related formsde·bar·ment, noun

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Antonyms for debar

1. admit. 2. permit.
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Related Words for debar

hinder, prevent, deny, suspend, forbid, preclude, blackball, refuse, deprive, reject, exclude

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Historical Examples of debar

  • What has she done to debar her from fulfilling the mission which is appointed for every woman?

    The Hound From The North

    Ridgwell Cullum

  • It was yet too dark for them to see distinctly, and DeBar struck a match.

  • DeBar came toward him with the hot bird on the end of his stick.

  • Inhuman monster, said she; would he debar me of the only satisfaction I have?

  • I tell you my name is not Debar; and I swear I have not been married.

    The White Rose of Memphis

    William C. Falkner

British Dictionary definitions for debar


verb -bars, -barring or -barred
  1. (tr usually foll by from) to exclude from a place, a right, etc; bar
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Derived Formsdebarment, noun


See disbar
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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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