Pronunciation: (em-bar'us),[key] —v.t. 1. to cause confusion and shame to; make uncomfortably self-conscious; disconcert; abash: His bad table manners embarrassed her. 2. to make difficult or intricate, as a question or problem; complicate.
3. to put obstacles or difficulties in the way of; impede: The motion was advanced in order to embarrass the progress of the bill. 4. to beset with financial difficulties; burden with debt: The decline in sales embarrassed the company.
—v.i. to become disconcerted, abashed, or confused.