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verb [transitive]     bar pronunciation in American English
Word Forms
present tense
present participlebarring
past tensebarred
past participlebarred
  1. 1
    [often passive] to officially say that something must not happen, or that someone must not do something or go somewhere
    bar someone from (doing) something:

    It was an old-fashioned club from which women were barred.

    He has been barred from running for political office for five years.

  2. 2
    to put something across a door or window so that no one can get through it

    Bar the door and don’t let anyone in.

    1. a.
      to prevent someone from going somewhere by standing in their way

      Guards were everywhere, barring all exits.

      bar someone’s way/path:

      There were three vicious-looking dogs barring our way.

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a description of an economic or political situation based on analysis of information at the present time

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an unregulated form of capitalism that features financial deregulation, privatisation and low tax for high earners

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