Definition of blockade noun from the Oxford Advanced Learner's Dictionary



    BrE BrE//blɒˈkeɪd//
    ; NAmE NAmE//blɑːˈkeɪd//
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  1. 1the action of surrounding or closing a place, especially a port, in order to stop people or goods from coming in or out a naval blockade to impose/lift a blockade an economic blockade (= stopping goods from entering or leaving a country) blockades of roads by truck drivers protesting over pay
  2. 2a barrier that stops people or vehicles from entering or leaving a place The police set up blockades on highways leading out of the city.
  3. Word Originlate 17th cent.: from block + -ade.Extra examples The president imposed a complete blockade on the island’s harbours. They attempted to break the blockade by using submarines. a blockade around the city a complete blockade of the island the blockade by Western nations the need to enforce a naval blockade against the country
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