dis·​em·​bar·​rass ˌdis-əm-ˈber-əs How to pronounce disembarrass (audio)
disembarrassed; disembarrassing; disembarrasses

transitive verb

: to free (someone, such as oneself) from something troublesome or superfluous
Choose the Right Synonym for 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

Examples of disembarrass in a Sentence

still struggling to disembarrass herself of the emotional baggage of a failed relationship

Word History

First Known Use

1726, in the meaning defined above

Time Traveler
The first known use of disembarrass was in 1726

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Cite this Entry

“Disembarrass.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/disembarrass. Accessed 4 Dec. 2023.

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