de·​bar | \ di-ˈbär How to pronounce debar (audio) , dē- \
debarred; debarring; debars

Definition of debar

transitive verb

: to bar from having or doing something : preclude

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debarment \ di-​ˈbär-​mənt How to pronounce debarment (audio) , dē-​ \ noun

Examples of debar in a Sentence

the judge debarred all of the reporters from the courtroom
Recent Examples on the Web No company has been debarred yet, according to an M.T.A. spokesman. New York Times, "A Luxury Box at Citi Field, an M.T.A. Contract and $188,000 for Cuomo," 29 July 2019 Perceptics will face upcoming administrative proceedings to determine whether the company should be debarred, meaning prohibited for an extended period from working for the federal government. Drew Harwell, Washington Post, "Border-surveillance subcontractor suspended after cyberattack revealed sensitive monitoring details," 3 July 2019 Labor’s Lucero said that federal investigators did not seek to debar Insight Global from future public contracts. Carl Prine,, "Feds settle case with I.T. contractor over wages at Camp Pendleton and elsewhere," 2 Apr. 2018 European Adoption Consultants placed more than 2,000 overseas children in US homes since the early 1990s before the State Department debarred the agency in December. Randi Kaye And Wayne Drash, CNN, "Kids for sale: 'My mom was tricked'," 12 Oct. 2017 According to the Ohio attorney general's lawsuit, about 300 families had paid EAC for international adoptions that were in various stages when the agency was debarred. Randi Kaye And Wayne Drash, CNN, "Kids for sale: 'My mom was tricked'," 12 Oct. 2017 Only 33 people or businesses in the U.S. are currently debarred from using H-2A workers — out of several thousand H-2A employers. Audrey Dutton, idahostatesman, "They broke labor rules. We gave them $8M in farm subsidies and 8,000 foreign workers.," 1 Nov. 2017 Between Fat Leonard’s arrest and the end of last year, the Navy suspended 566 vendors and permanently debarred an additional 548 from contracts, according to the federal Interagency Suspension and Debarment Committee. Carl Prine,, "Has Navy culture truly changed after Fat Leonard corruption crisis?," 29 July 2017 About 100 employers were debarred during that time. Gary Coronado,, "To keep crops from rotting in the field, farmers say they need Trump to let in more temporary workers," 25 May 2017

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First Known Use of debar

15th century, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for debar

Middle English debarren, from Anglo-French debarrer, from de- + barrer to bar

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“Debar.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 14 Jul. 2020.

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English Language Learners Definition of debar

formal : to officially prevent (someone) from having or doing something
de·​bar | \ dē-ˈbär How to pronounce debar (audio) \
debarred; debarring

Legal Definition of debar

: to bar from having or doing something specifically : to exclude from contracting with the federal government or a federal contractor was debarred from bidding — compare disbar

Other Words from debar

debarment noun

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