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debar

[ dih-bahr ]
/ dɪˈbɑr /
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verb (used with object), de·barred, de·bar·ring.
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.
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Origin of debar

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

OTHER WORDS FROM debar

de·bar·ment, noun
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How to use debar in a sentence

  • They were subject to the same educational debarment and were the victims of the same snobbery and intolerance.

    Woman in Science|John Augustine Zahm

British Dictionary definitions for debar

debar
/ (dɪˈbɑː) /

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

Derived forms of debar

debarment, noun

undefined debar

See disbar
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