verb dis·em·bar·rass \ˌdis-əm-ˈbar-əs\

Definition of DISEMBARRASS

transitive verb
:  to free (as oneself) from something troublesome or superfluous

First Known Use of DISEMBARRASS


Synonym Discussion of DISEMBARRASS

extricate, disentangle, untangle, disencumber, disembarrass mean to free from what binds or holds back. extricate implies the use of care or ingenuity in freeing from a difficult position or situation <extricated himself from financial difficulties>. disentangle and untangle suggest painstaking separation of a thing from other things <disentangling fact from fiction> <untangle a web of deceit>. disencumber implies a release from something that clogs or weighs down <an article disencumbered of jargon>. disembarrass suggests a release from something that impedes or hinders <disembarrassed herself of her advisers>.


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