noun dead·lock \ˈded-ˌläk\

: a situation in which an agreement cannot be made : a situation in which ending a disagreement is impossible because neither side will give up something that it wants

: a situation in which players, teams, etc., have the same score

Full Definition of DEADLOCK

:  a state of inaction or neutralization resulting from the opposition of equally powerful uncompromising persons or factions :  standstill <the deadlock was broken with a key compromise>
:  a tie score
deadlock verb

Examples of DEADLOCK

  1. City councilors reached a deadlock over the law.
  2. His goal broke a 3–3 deadlock.

First Known Use of DEADLOCK

DEADLOCK Defined for Kids


noun dead·lock \ˈded-ˌläk\

Definition of DEADLOCK for Kids

:  a situation in which a disagreement cannot be ended because neither side will give in



Definition of DEADLOCK for Kids

:  to be unable to end a disagreement because neither side will give in <The players and owners have deadlocked over pay.>


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