to stop, prevent, defeat or delay an action by objecting to it The board of directors attempted to bar publication of damaging statements made by the former chairman.
to keep out or prevent He was barred from entering the UK due to his criminal record in the US.
- Debar has a similar but not identical meaning, i.e. to prevent something from happening or prevent someone from having or doing something. Disbar is completely different and means to revoke a lawyer's licence to practice law.
- The law bars any corporation from paying for political ads.
- The plaintiff was barred under §9 of the Act from pursuing a claim.
- The single issue before the court is whether the statute bars this action.
- The judge ruled that the statute of limitations bars the case.
- His claim would have been barred by the statute of limitations.