[ dih-bahr ]
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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.

Origin of debar

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

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Other words from debar

  • de·bar·ment, noun

Words Nearby debar Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2023

How to use debar in a sentence

  • At the same time, two reasons debar me from laying further stress upon this line of argument.

    Devil-Worship in France | Arthur Edward Waite
  • This deficiency in technique must even debar him from claiming any higher signification than that of a clever dilettante.

  • (This, as with place, would debar it from being ranked among the primary genera, which are simple).

    Plotinos: Complete Works, v. 3 | Plotinos (Plotinus)
  • He need not, for what had taken place between them, debar himself entirely of the delight of her society, he might—?

    A Sheaf of Corn | Mary E. Mann
  • Even the stain of imputation, however undeserved, provided it gained popular credence, could debar one from its numbers.

    The War Upon Religion | Rev. Francis A. Cunningham

British Dictionary definitions for debar


/ (dɪˈbɑː) /

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


See disbar

Derived forms of debar

  • debarment, noun

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