De·bar v. t. [imp. & p. p. Debarred p. pr. & vb. n. Debarring.] To cut off from entrance, as if by a bar or barrier; to preclude; to hinder from approach, entry, or enjoyment; to shut out or exclude; to deny or refuse; -- with from, and sometimes with of.
Yet not so strictly hath our Lord imposed
Labor, as to debar us when we need
Their wages were so low as to debar them, not only from the comforts but from the common decencies of civilized life. --Buckle.
v 1: bar temporarily; from school, office, etc. [syn: suspend]
2: prevent the occurrence of; prevent from happening; "Let's
avoid a confrontation"; "head off a confrontation"; "avert
a strike" [syn: obviate, deflect, avert, head off,
stave off, fend off, avoid, ward off]
3: prevent from entering; keep out; "He was barred from
membership in the club" [syn: bar, exclude]
[also: debarring, debarred]