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Definition of blockade noun from the Oxford Advanced American Dictionary



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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 decreases in 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.
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