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 for embarrass
From The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.48 :

  Embarrass \Em*bar"rass\ ([e^]m*b[a^]r"ras), v. t. [imp. & p. p.
     Embarrassed ([e^]m*b[a^]r"rast); p. pr. & vb. n.
     Embarrassing.] [F. embarrasser (cf. Sp. embarazar, Pg.
     embara[,c]ar, Pr. barras bar); pref. em- (L. in) + LL. barra
     bar. See Bar.]
     1. To hinder from freedom of thought, speech, or action by
        something which impedes or confuses mental action; to make
        (a person) unpleasantly self-conscious; to perplex; to
        discompose; to disconcert; as, laughter may embarrass an
        orator. [WordNet sense 1]
     Syn: abash, discompose, disconcert, discomfit, chagrin. [1913
          Webster +PJC]
     2. To hinder from liberty of movement; to impede; to
        obstruct; as, business is embarrassed; public affairs are
        embarrassed. [WordNet sense 2]
     Syn: obstruct, blockade, block, hinder, stymie. [1913
     3. (Com.) To involve in difficulties concerning money
        matters; to incumber with debt; to beset with urgent
        claims or demands; -- said of a person or his affairs; as,
        a man or his business is embarrassed when he can not meet
        his pecuniary engagements.
     Syn: To hinder; perplex; entangle; confuse; puzzle;
          disconcert; abash; distress. -- To Embarrass,
          Puzzle, Perplex. We are puzzled when our faculties
          are confused by something we do not understand. We are
          perplexed when our feelings, as well as judgment, are so
          affected that we know not how to decide or act. We are
          embarrassed when there is some bar or hindrance upon us
          which impedes our powers of thought, speech, or motion.
          A schoolboy is puzzled by a difficult sum; a reasoner is
          perplexed by the subtleties of his opponent; a youth is
          sometimes so embarrassed before strangers as to lose his
          presence of mind.
          [1913 Webster]

From The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.48 :

  Embarrass \Em*bar"rass\, n. [F. embarras. See Embarrass, v.
     Embarrassment. [Obs.] --Bp. Warburton.
     [1913 Webster]

From WordNet (r) 3.0 (2006) :

      v 1: cause to be embarrassed; cause to feel self-conscious [syn:
           embarrass, abash]
      2: hinder or prevent the progress or accomplishment of; "His
         brother blocked him at every turn" [syn: obstruct,
         blockade, block, hinder, stymie, stymy,

From Moby Thesaurus II by Grady Ward, 1.0 :

  106 Moby Thesaurus words for "embarrass":
     abash, absorb, addle, addle the wits, agitate, awkward, ball up,
     becloud, bedazzle, befuddle, bewilder, bother, bug, burden,
     cast down, catch up in, chagrin, cloud, concern, confound, confuse,
     cramp, cripple, cumber, daze, dazzle, deflate, discombobulate,
     discomfit, discommodious, discompose, disconcert, discountenance,
     disgrace, dismay, disorganize, disorient, distress, disturb,
     draw in, embarrassing, encumber, engage, enmesh, ensnarl, entangle,
     entoil, entrammel, entrap, entwine, faze, fetter, flummox, flurry,
     fluster, flutter, fog, fuddle, fuss, hamper, hamstring, handicap,
     hobble, humble, humiliate, impede, implicate, incommodious,
     interest, involve, lame, let down, lime, lumber, maze, mist,
     mix up, moider, mortify, muddle, net, nonplus, perplex, perturb,
     pother, press down, put out, put to shame, queer, raise hell,
     rattle, ruffle, saddle with, shackle, shame, show up, snarl,
     suck into, tangle, throw into confusion, toil, trammel, unsettle,
     upset, vex, weigh down

From U.S. Gazetteer Places (2000) :

  Embarrass, WI -- U.S. village in Wisconsin
     Population (2000):    399
     Housing Units (2000): 164
     Land area (2000):     1.203737 sq. miles (3.117664 sq. km)
     Water area (2000):    0.003955 sq. miles (0.010243 sq. km)
     Total area (2000):    1.207692 sq. miles (3.127907 sq. km)
     FIPS code:            23850
     Located within:       Wisconsin (WI), FIPS 55
     Location:             44.670716 N, 88.703361 W
     ZIP Codes (1990):    
     Note: some ZIP codes may be omitted esp. for suburbs.
      Embarrass, WI

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