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Definition of lockdown noun from the Oxford Advanced American Dictionary



[countable, uncountable]
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an official order to control the movement of people or vehicles because of a dangerous situation a three-day lockdown of American airspace Prisoners have been placed on lockdown to prevent further violence at the jail. The prison warden ordered an instant lockdown = prisoners were locked in their cells. The city schools were in lockdown.
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