Meaning of BAR in English

I. noun


a solid piece of material usually rectangular and considerably longer than it is wide

a bar of gold

Synonyms: billet, ingot, rod, slab, stick, strip


something that stands in the way of some objective

his religion was a bar to membership in that exclusive club

Synonyms: barricade, barrier, blank wall, block, blockade, fence, roadblock, stop, wall

Related Word: clog, encumbrance, hamper, hindrance, impediment; hurdle, obstacle, obstruction, stumbling block; check, checkrein, control, curb; bamboo curtain, iron curtain; difficulty, hardship, vicissitude


Synonyms: obstacle , Chinese wall, hamper, hurdle, impediment, obstruction, rub, snag, stumbling block, traverse

Related Word: check, checkrein, control, curb

Contrasted words: accommodation, convenience, facility, service

Antonyms: advantage


Synonyms: court 2, lawcourt, tribunal


a room or public establishment where alcoholic beverages are served

nightly discussions in the bar

Synonyms: barroom, ||booser, || bucket shop, buvette, cantina, cocktail lounge, drinkery, drunkery, ||gin mill, ||groggery, ||grogshop, lounge, pothouse, pub, ||public house, ||rum-hole, rummery, ||rum-mill, rumshop, saloon, tap, taproom, tavern, watering hole, watering place; compare alehouse

Related Word: barrelhouse, bistro, bottle club, cabaret, café, dive, honky-tonk, nightclub, rathskeller, roadhouse, wineshop

II. verb


Synonyms: limit 2, circumscribe, confine, delimit, delimitate, prelimit, restrict


Synonyms: exclude , bate, count out, debar, eliminate, except, rule out, suspend

Related Word: block, hinder; leave out, omit, pass over; banish, deport, exile, ostracize

Contrasted words: accept, receive, welcome; allow, let, permit

Antonyms: admit, include


Synonyms: hinder , block, brake, dam, impede, obstruct, overslaugh

Related Word: halt, stop

Contrasted words: back, support, uphold

III. preposition

Synonyms: except , aside from, barring, bating, but, excluding, exclusive of, outside of, save, saving

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