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tr.v. de·barred, de·bar·ring, de·bars
1. To exclude or shut out; bar.
2. To forbid, hinder, or prevent.
[Middle English debarren, from Old French desbarer, to unbar : des-, de- + barer, to bar (from barre, bar; see bar1).]
vb, -bars, -barring or -barred
(usually foll by: from) to exclude from a place, a right, etc; bar
Usage: See at disbar
v.t. -barred, -bar•ring.
1. to shut out or exclude.
2. to hinder or prevent; prohibit.
[1400–50; late Middle English < Middle French, Old French desbarrer to lock out, bar. See de-, bar1]
Past participle: debarred
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|Verb||1.||debar - bar temporarily; from school, office, etc.|
|2.||debar - prevent the occurrence of; prevent from happening; "Let's avoid a confrontation"; "head off a confrontation"; "avert a strike"|
|3.||debar - prevent from entering; keep out; "He was barred from membership in the club"|
verb bar, exclude, prohibit, black, stop, keep out, preclude, shut out, blackball, interdict, refuse admission to She could be debarred from politics for several years.
Usage: The word debar is not synonymous with disbar, which should only be used when talking about a barrister, although evidence shows that the two are often confused.