[dis-em-bar-uh s]

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 formsdis·em·bar·rass·ment, noun
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Examples from the Web for disembarrass

Historical Examples of disembarrass

  • 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

British Dictionary definitions for disembarrass


verb (tr)

to free from embarrassment, entanglement, etc
to relieve or rid of something burdensome
Derived Formsdisembarrassment, noun
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